Governor Heineman says broad-based tax cuts are his main legislative priority this year, including cuts to income and property taxes — and those proposed property tax cuts are making some school leaders nervous.
Randy Anderson, superintendent of the Crofton and Hartington public school districts, says they’re waiting to see what kind of proposal the legislature approves.
“I don’t think any of us know where any of this is going yet,” Anderson says. “We’re just waiting to see what the research is going to bring forth on some of this proposed legislation.”
Of his two districts, Anderson says the Crofton district is much more reliant on state funding:
“We do receive state aid, however, it has been decreasing every year just due to the growth in valuation of the district.”
He says there is a very delicate balance between state aid and property taxes, adding, school districts statewide are closely watching actions in the Unicameral.
The Nebraska Farm Bureau has submitted a three-year plan to a state legislative committee calling for a reduction in property taxes. Farm Bureau President Steve Nelson says the property tax savings in the first year would amount to $160-million, with $300-million saved in the second year and more than $400-million in the third year and each year after.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton