Schools give lawmakers mixed signal on state aid formula

State Senator John Harms of Scottsbluff says there was a mixed response from those who testified Monday night at an interim legislative hearing in Gering about the need to change the formula for state aid to public schools.

The complicated formula is being reviewed by the Legislature's Education Committee and Harms says there were some people who testified Monday evening that lawmakers should leave well enough alone.

Harms says the school officials talked about higher transportation costs with rising fuel prices and the greater distances many schools have to travel for extracurricular activities. Harms says there was also concern expressed about the amount those with large areas of ag land are paying for property taxes.

Harms says because of the likely possibility of reduced revenues, the state will likely make some adjustments to the formula. Harms says he is worried any tinkering might hurt the rural areas.

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