State Lawmaker Sees Problems With Tax Relief Measure Impacting Schools

State Lawmaker Sees Problems With Tax Relief Measure Impacting Schools
30th Dist. Senator, Dr. Roy Baker

BEATRICE – A retired school superintendent and Nebraska lawmaker led a filibuster Wednesday on a bill to provide property tax relief by imposing new limits on schools.

Dr. Roy Baker says he had several problems with Senator Mike Groene’s LB 640, which proposed using the state property tax credit cash fund to direct more state aid to schools.

:10                  “no sense to me”

The state tax credit property owners notice on their tax statement, would be redistributed under the bill.  School districts that receive 55% or more of their funding from property tax revenue would qualify under the bill….those who don’t, would not.

:37                  “much lower”

Part of the measure included lowering the general fund tax levy cap for school districts from $1.05, to 98.7 cents.

:35                  “levy cap”

Senator Baker says many people would like to see their local school district spend less money.  But, he says those who are more involved with their local districts often find they’re not flush with cash, or are making bad spending decisions.

Baker points out the property tax credit that now exists is a component of the tax package supported by Governor Pete Ricketts, expected to be debated next week.  Baker feels there could be a close vote on that plan.

:25                  “tax relief”

Nebraska lawmakers have a four-day break for the Easter holiday weekend.  Session debate resumes Tuesday, the 53rd day of the 60-day session.

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