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Stinner not surprised by abrupt ending of petition drive

Stinner not surprised by abrupt ending of petition drive
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Senator John Stinner of Gering says he was not surprised by the abrupt ending of a statewide ballot initiative targeted to provide immediate property tax relief.

The proposed ballot measure would have steered more than $1 billion a year into tax credits for property owners, but Stinner says there were issues facing the coalition that supported it.

Stinner said, “When they looked at the money involved and the opposition, and the fact it was more in the form of a statute rather than a constitutional amendment, they just reconsidered their position.”

As a statute the proposal could have been modified by the legislature after being in place for two years.  A constitutional amendment puts the ballot measure in place forever unless the public decides to reverse it in another vote.

Stinner says the opposition also may have played a part in the decision.

Stinner said,” I do believe the governor has addressed that issue  from time to time regarding his opinion and groups including the  Chamber have opposed it. So I  am sure there were lots of discussions, and they had to weigh their decision accordingly.”

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