Nebraska Coalition Aims for Property Tax Reform, Stable School Funding

in DAILY NEWS ROUNDUP

Nebraska taxpayers, farmers, ranchers, teachers and others ratcheted up the pressure for reducing property taxes Tuesday.

Sixteen organizations representing thousands of state residents announced they have joined forces as Nebraskans United for Property Tax Reform and Education.

Leaders said the new coalition represents an expansion of efforts to reduce the state’s reliance on property taxes, while providing adequate and sustainable education funding…

The coalition includes the Farm Bureau and the Nebraska Farmers Union — two groups that often differ on agricultural issues.

Members also include groups representing the state’s smallest rural schools, the mid-size schools and the largest ones, which don’t always see eye to eye on funding issues.

Nelson said the coalition’s breadth shows the urgency of the problem.

Absent from the lineup, however, are the state’s main business groups, which have mounted their own push to cut the state’s top income tax rate.

Read more…(Omaha World-Herald)

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