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Bond Measure Draws Opposition



by Associated Press

LINCOLN, Neb.— A proposed $369 million bond issue for Southeast Community College is drawing opposition from some Nebraska agricultural groups, business leaders and elected officials.

The coalition argued that the measure would increase the burden on taxpayers, especially agricultural landowners who have seen their property taxes rise.

Coalition members include the Nebraska Farm Bureau, Nebraska Cattlemen, the Nebraska Soybean Association and the Lincoln Independent Business Association. Other opponents of the bond measure include state Sens. Laura Ebke of Crete, Dan Watermeier of Syracuse and Jerry Johnson of Wahoo, and former Gov. Dave Heineman.

The proposal would allow the college to renovate or replace facilities in Beatrice, Milford and Lincoln. Supporters say it’s critical for workforce development. If it passes, the owner of a $100,000 property would pay an additional $39 annually.