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The following is a statement delivered on behalf of the LIBA Board of Directors to the County Board of Commissioners at the Board meeting this morning. — During the Lancaster County Board of Commissioners’ weekly Staff Meeting a few weeks ago, there was intense discussion among board members and staff regarding the prospect of renewing a contract for the TRIM records management service. Since that somewhat heated exchange, Lincoln Independent Business Association staff members have had …

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Two Recent Surveys Show Library at Pershing Site Not Needed 76% Are Already Satisfied With Current Library Services  (LINCOLN, NE) – Survey results recently released by Mayor Beutler and survey results presented to the Lancaster County Board a few months ago show that Lincoln and Lancaster County residents are satisfied with the library services currently offered in Lincoln.  Both surveys appear to show little support for a plan being pushed by the Lincoln City Library …

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The Lincoln Independent Business Association (LIBA) would like to recognize and thank the Lancaster County Commissioners for their work to avoid property tax increases.  We know that last year you had to reclaim part of the RTSD levy in order to do that, and we supported you.  You have held the county levy rate steady since 2012 and we sincerely appreciate your efforts. This year, the early projections contain a deficit when compared with requests …

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Superintendent Joel, President Danek and members of the Lincoln Board of Education, LIBA is here tonight to ask for property tax relief.  If you do not lower your levy, you will be taking another $32 million from the citizens of Lincoln.  From the $32 million in new tax dollars, you intend to put $10 million into savings.  LIBA thinks that this is just too much. There has been no public discussion of levy relief again …

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On Tuesday, May 5th, the citizens of Lincoln will have the opportunity to make their voices heard in the city general elections.  The Lincoln Independent Business Association Political Action Committee (LIBA PAC) is pleased to endorse the following Candidates: Mayor of the City of Lincoln – Andy Stebbing Lincoln City Council SE District 2 – Jon Camp Lincoln City Council NE District 1- Cyndi Lamm Lincoln Board of Education District 6 – Matt Schulte The LIBA PAC chose …

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The LIBA  Board of Directors has reluctantly decided to support the proposed sales tax increase to finance necessary public safety projects. LIBA’s support of this proposal was not an easy decision. This sales tax compounds the effects of the arena occupation taxes and increases the burden on brick and mortar retailers struggling to compete with internet businesses that do not collect sales taxes. However, the sales tax was the best of the “bad options” put …

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On Tuesday, April 7th, the citizens of Lincoln will have the opportunity to make their voices heard in the primary elections. Four years ago, the Lincoln Independent Business Association Political Action Committee (LIBA PAC) endorsed Chris Beutler for Mayor.  Today, the LIBA PAC is announcing its endorsement for Andy Stebbing.   In making its decision, the PAC members felt that a set of fresh ideas would serve the community well.  As County Treasurer, Stebbing has …

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Chairperson Gloor and members of the Revenue Committee: I write today on behalf of the Lincoln Independent Business Association (LIBA) in opposition to LB 280 because it redirects school aid away from resource-poor districts and demands local taxpayers make up the difference. The Tax Equity and Educational Opportunities Support Act or TEEOSA formula, though not simple itself, distills into one simple equation: student needs – local resources = state equalization aid. Its purpose is to …

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The Lincoln Independent Business Association opposes LB 478 which authorizes educational service units (ESU) to issue bonds without a public vote and increases ESU’s levy limit. LB 478 authorizes ESUs to issue general obligation bonds, paid by property taxes, and increases their levy by $0.01 to pay such bonds.  However, just like any bond paid with property taxes, these bonds fall outside the ESU levy limit.  Therefore, LB 478 allows ESUs to increase their levy …

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Chairperson Harr and members of the Business and Labor Committee:   The Lincoln Independent Business Association would like to express its opposition to LB 494 which increases the tipped minimum wage. LIBA opposes increasing the tipped minimum wage because it will cut into already thin profit margins in the restaurant industry to increase the wage of employees who are already among the highest compensated at restaurants and bars. Under Nebraska statute, tip earning employees are …

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