Nebraska Cattlemen is engaged in an ongoing effort to find propertytax relief for members across the state. As a result, the Board’s primary opposition comes from the substantial increased tax burden this bond would put on taxpayers in the 15 county area. NC recognizes that significant infrastructure needs exist for agricultural and vocational technical programs, and many of the facilities that support these programs are drastically outdated. SCC has not provided clarity as to what specific projects the proposed funds will be directed towards on each campus, and the bond language contains no prioritization of projects or discussion on how these proposed renovations will meet current and future workforce needs, particularly in agriculture. This lack of detail is especially troubling for a request of this size.
Furthermore, community colleges currently have a two cent levy available for repair, construction and maintenance of buildings, which is not included in the bond proposal. Monies from that levy could be imposed on taxpayers in addition to the $369 million if SCC so chose in the future.
“Education is very important to Nebraska Cattlemen. We know there is a need for improvements on some of the campuses but we cannot support a $369 million bond that will continue to increase property taxes for our members while we are still searching for overall tax relief.” said Barb Cooksley, Nebraska Cattlemen President.