Heineman: Extra school security can happen without raising taxes

Governor Dave Heineman says he is not excited about raising property
taxes in order to gain more funding to improve school safety.

Omaha Senator Rick Kolowski, the bill's introducer, says it would allow a school district the option to increase its property tax levy by 1 cent to pay for security improvements.

Heineman says even for a worthy cause like school security, property tax hikes are not popular.

School district administrators and the National Rifle Association showed support for the measure at a Thursday hearing, saying safety updates are critical given the school shootings that have happened nationally and in Nebraska.

Kolowski says his bill would help schools hire school resource officers, update door locks and buy new security cameras without taking away from education funding.

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