A freshman state senator, already frustrated with the legislature, has stated he will take property tax reform to the people if the Unicameral won’t act.
Sen. Steve Erdman of Bayard waited until the legislative session ended to outline his plan.
“The first of January when we come back, I will introduce a constitutional amendment that will restrict the amount of property tax that goes to entities that collect property tax; that’d be schools, counties, cities, all those things. Our property taxes are too high,” Erdman told reporters during a news conference in the Capitol Rotunda just outside the legislative chamber.
Erdman stated the legislature has had its chance and has failed to act.
“It is my opinion today that we’ve talked long enough and it’s time to do something,” according to Erdman.
Erdman said he will give the legislature an opportunity, but won’t wait long.
“My intent is to have the legislature do this, if they have the will to do it,” Erdman said. “If they don’t, we’ve got a fallback plan.”
Erdman acknowledged, during questioning, he doesn’t have a concrete plan right now; only an idea. He also stated he hasn’t worked on wording for any potential ballot issue and hasn’t formed a campaign committee or raised money. He said he would wait to see what groups might be willing to join him in the effort.
A number of state senators, mostly from rural Nebraska districts, joined Erdman at the news conference.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50}