Governor Pete Ricketts today held a signing ceremony for LB 1067, a bill that abolishes the Learning Community common levy. This is the first significant rollback of the Omaha area Learning Community’s authority since it was established in 2007.
“This is a great step forward for Omaha-area students,” said Governor Ricketts. “While I have always supported abolishing the Learning Community, the end of the common levy is a good compromise. This bill allows Omaha area school districts to focus their resources on providing their students with a quality education, instead of sending their property tax dollars out of their district to fund other schools. I greatly appreciate the senators and educators who worked with my office to get this bill to my desk.”
Several senators joined Governor Ricketts today at Springfield – Platteview High School Tuesday morning and several other senators attended. Papillion State Senator Bill Kintner says, “It’s a great day for taxpayers across the metro Omaha region. Ending the practice of robbing one school district to pay for the needs of another will help reduce the regional animosity the Learning Community has fostered.”
LB1067 takes effect later this year.