Attempt to cap Nebraska school property tax growth fails in filibuster | Politics
The effect would be greatest on districts most dependent on state aid and other non-property tax resources. But even districts with minimal non-land tax resources would face tighter spending limits.
Briese and Sen. Lou Ann Linehan of Elkhorn, who chairs the revenue committee, said they have no plans to tighten school spending. Instead, they wanted to protect property taxpayers by ensuring that additional state aid to schools would actually result in lower tax bills, while protecting schools in the event of aid cuts. of State.
“We’re, he’s, I’m, more than willing to work the numbers here,” Linehan said.
Under the bill, school districts would have been allowed to increase property tax collections by 2.5% or inflation, as measured by the Consumer Price Index, with some exceptions. .
Districts would then have had to increase or decrease their property tax collections by the amount of the decrease or increase in state assistance and other non-property tax resources.
Lincoln Sen. Matt Hansen said he thinks the proposed tax cap would be bad policy for the state and for Lincoln’s public schools. He said he didn’t think he should be expected to seek a compromise in this case.