LINCOLN – The petition initiative campaign to place a $1.1 billion property tax relief proposal on the November 2018 ballot has ended.
On Friday, the Yes to Property Tax Relief Committee announced they will no longer seek signatures for the petition. Committee spokesman Trent Fellers released a statement saying that after close observation, they are not convinced the Legislature will effectively implement the proposal to reduce property taxes.
“We are grateful to the thousands of Nebraskans who have signed the petition, and to those who have dedicated their time and resources to this effort. Unfortunately, we no longer believe their interests are best served by this initiative and we are ending the campaign,” Fellers said.
Fellers also said that even though they have chosen to end the initiative petition, that does not mean they are ending their efforts to reduce the property tax burden altogether. “We are exploring other options that would set a higher bar to ensure the will of the people is carried out, including a possible Constitutional Amendment that could withstand any challenge from the Legislature,” Fellers said.
“The voice of the people, already a significant influence on our efforts here, will continue to guide our deliberations as we determine the path forward as we work to address property taxes and education funding,” Fellers said.