The sticking point seems to be school funding.
Tonya Storer of Whitman has been leading the Farm Bureau’s School Finance Committee which has recommended school districts not rely on property tax revenue for more than 40% of their funding.
Storer says, at present, the percentage varies greatly from district to district, with many very dependent on property tax revenue.
“There are districts probably as high as 60-75% of their school funding; actually, higher than that in some of our rural districts,” Storer tells Brownfield Age News.
Storer says that to reduce reliance on property tax revenue, Nebraska will need to broaden the tax base for education as well as tightly control spending.
“We don’t tax services in this state for the most part and I think that’s one area,” Storer says. “The other approach here is to look at spending controls as well. Are we spending our dollars as efficiently as we can and yet providing the best education that we want to offer students in the state of Nebraska.”
Ken Anderson, Brownfield Ag News, contributed to this article.