6:00 pm Potluck Supper on your own with meeting to follow.
· District 1 Director’s Report: Al Davis
· NFU Convention, state & national issues: John Hansen
·Featured speaker: Dr. Caroline Winchester, Chadron Public Schools Superintendent (and two board members) will share information and perspective with us on property tax relief and adequate funding for education.
Bring a friend, neighbor, or family member.
For more information, call Mike Sarchet at (308) 631-6171 or Al Davis at (308) 458-9948.
NeFU District 1 will hear from Dr. Caroline Winchester,
Chadron Public Schools Superintendent in Alliance
In response to the growing new agriculture and education coalition “Nebraskans United for Property Tax Reform and Education” comprised of 21 agricultural and educational organizations, Dr. Caroline Winchester, Chadron Public Schools Superintendent will be the featured speaker at the Nebraska Farmers Union (NeFU) spring District 1 meeting. Dr. Winchester has served as Chadron’s superintendent since 2010 and was selected as the 2016-2017 Superintendent of the Year by the Nebraska Association of School Administrators. The public is invited to participate in the 6:00 pm supper at Wonderful Kitchen, 930 W. 3rd, Alliance, Monday, April 24th. The open to the public meeting will begin after the “on your own” supper. Meal reservations are appreciated but not required.
“Each of our spring district meetings has included a presentation from a respected area superintendent of schools. Our farmers and ranchers have ‘gone to school’ on how the state aid to education formula works, and how it directly impacts the level of property taxes needed to make up for the state funding shortfall. There has been a billion dollar shift to property taxes the last two decades to fund education. This new coalition between agriculture and education represents a positive new opportunity to address a longstanding and painful problem,” said NeFU President John Hansen.
“We are fortunate to have Superintendent Winchester share her views and expertise with us at our spring district meeting. I encourage everyone who cares about adequately funding education and wants real property tax relief and reform to attend. Everyone in agriculture knows farmers and ranchers are facing a major financial squeeze and that our property taxes continue to escalate making a bad financial situation worse. Instead of dealing with our state’s number one problem, property taxes, the Revenue Committee and Governor Ricketts are intent on pushing LB461 that reduces the future income tax rates for our state’s wealthiest citizens. Agriculture and education obviously need to work together because we share common interests and goals,” said Al Davis, NeFU District 1 Director from Hyannis.
The new coalition issued a joint statement that included: “As a coalition representing homeowners, business owners, farmers and ranchers, taxpayers, and groups across the spectrum of public education, we believe the Nebraska Legislature must work to provide adequate and sustainable funding for high quality education and do so in a way that reduces the over-reliance on local property taxes to fund education.”
The public is invited to attend. For more information about the meeting, call or email Mike Sarchet, NeFU District 1 President, Minatare, at (308) 631-6171 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or NeFU District Director, Al Davis, Hyannis, at (308) 458-9948 or OLOranch@gmail.com.