A billion-dollar property tax relief effort in Nebraska has ended, and Nebraska Farm Bureau leaders say they are disappointed.
Reform for Nebraska’s Future is the coalition leading the petition drive for the ballot initiative.
But leaders says they had doubts as to whether it was the best route to address the issue and if the legislature would effectively implement the proposal, had voters approved it.
Steve Nelson, Nebraska Farm Bureau president, says they understand the questions surrounding the effort.
“Some of the issues that Reform raised are certainly issues or questions that we had thought about relating to implementation of the initiative,” Nelson tells Nebraska Radio Network.
He says Farm Bureau will continue to seek solutions to high property taxes, because farmers and ranchers are struggling with a tight agriculture economy.
The single subject requirement for a ballot initiative seemed to be a major hurdle for the effort.
“It’s important to have the right language. I thought we had language here that was good, but certainly, it may not have been perfect,” Nelson admits.
Nelson says the broader issue of school funding also needs to be addressed at the same time.
Ken Anderson with Brownfield Ag News contributed to this story.
AUDIO: Mike Loizzo reports [:38]