LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) —
Nebraska's K-12 public schools would receive an additional $35.7 million
in state equalization aid under a bill that won first-round approval in
The bill that advanced Wednesday reduces the
funding that public schools are required to generate locally through
property taxes. That change within Nebraska's school-aid formula
automatically triggers additional funding from the state.
Kate Sullivan of Cedar Rapids, chairwoman of the Education Committee,
says she introduced the bill in response to property-tax complaints
heard during a series of summer tax hearings. Supporters say increasing
state aid would reduce pressure on property taxes, though not all
districts receive equalization aid.
Equalized schools would receive an estimated $935.7 million under the bill in fiscal year 2015.