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Nebraska Municipal Economic Development, Amendment 1 (2008)

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The Nebraska Municipal Economic Development Amendment was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment on the November 4, 2008 ballot in Nebraska, where it was defeated.

The proposition was referred to the ballot by the Nebraska State Legislature via Legislative Resolution 229CA.

Election results

Nebraska Municipal Economic Development Amendment
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No371,66446.7%
Yes 312,125 38.3%

Official results via: Nebraska Blue Book 2008-09 (p.264)

Background

Currently, the constitution limits the source of revenue that cities and villages are allowed to use for economic development projects to funds that are raised from general taxes.

Specific Provisions

If the measure passed, it would have:

  • Alter Article XIII, Section 2 of the Nebraska Constitution, which pertains to municipal economic development.
  • Allow cities and villages to use different sources of revenue to fund economic development projects other than funds raised from general taxes, such as surplus utility funds.
  • Stipulate that voters in the city or village approve any proposals for economic development.

Supporters

Supporters included:

A Taxpayer's Perspective from the National Taxpayers Union

The Nebraska Municipal Economic Development Amendment would have enabled cities and villages, subject to voter approval, to draw from additional sources of funding (whether local, state or federal) for local economic development projects. Currently, Nebraska cities and villages may only use funds from local property and sales taxes to support certain local economic development programs. Despite the voter approval safeguard, this proposal could still encourage additional government spending liabilities.[1]

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