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Lincoln Interlocal Agreement Win-Win for Students and Taxpayers

May 29, 2018 by AFP

LINCOLN, Nebr. – Americans for Prosperity-Nebraska (AFP-NE) on Tuesday applauded the Lincoln City Council and Lincoln School Board for approving an interlocal agreement that excludes the creation of a joint public agency (JPA) to oversee and fund a school safety and after school initiative, called the Safe and Successful Kids initiative. The approved interlocal agreement establishes that the City Council and school board will share the responsibility of managing the Safe and Successful Kids initiative.

“Abandoning the misguided joint public agency and pursuing this interlocal agreement is a win-win for taxpayers and our students. It never made sense to impose more taxes and more bureaucracy on Lincoln residents when there was an increase in property tax revenue that could be used to pay for this school security initiative,” said Jessica Shelburn, AFP-NE State Director. “The school board is also taking a step in the right direction with discussions of lowering the tax burden on the general fund tax rate and the tax rate used for bond payments. We commend the Lincoln City Council and school board for listening to residents’ concerns and pursuing a better alternative that protects both our taxpayers and our students.”

Background:

AFP-NE launched a digital campaign that empowered Lincoln residents to contact Lincoln City Council and Board of Education members urging them to oppose the misguided proposal.

Jessica Shelburn testified before the Lincoln City Council earlier this month opposing a JPA and was interviewed by KLKN.

For further information or an interview, reach Jessica Shelburn at jshelburn@afphq.org or (402) 499-6918. 

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