Friesen: Consolidation of schools may be key to property tax solution

Dist. 34 Sen. Curt Friesen used blunt language in a town hall meeting summarizing this year’s legislative session, suggesting that it’s time to change the narrative and talk about school consolidation as a way to help provide property tax relief.
Speaking to a small group of business leaders Thursday in Aurora, Friesen expressed frustration with the 2019 session, which was marred by emotional disputes on the floor and lack of progress on two major issues -- providing property tax relief and updating the state’s economic business incentive program.

“I’ll be really blunt,” he said. “Hampton should be consolidated with somebody else. They should not be there and I’m just being honest. Those are words that some may not want to hear but whether I’m there or not we need to have this conversation. It’s a tough conversation back home and it’s going to be more and more part of the conversation in Lincoln.”

Read more about Friesen's comments, as well as a reaction from Hampton Supt. Holly Herzberg, in this week's print or e-editions.


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