A group that wanted to put a property tax measure on the Nebraska general election ballot has abruptly ended its campaign. But Senator Steve Erdman of Bayard says that is not the end of the the effort to collect signatures to place the issue on the November general election ballot.
Erdman has worked with the committee since last summer on the ballot language, introducing corresponding legislation and helping to circulate petitions. Erdman found out about the committee’s change of mind at mid-morning and said he was “shocked” and more than slightly upset.
Erdman told KNEB News, ” A little is not correct, more like a a lot. I feel like I have been stabbed in the back by those people. How would you feel if you work on something with them that long and then they pull out. How would you feel about something like that?”
Group spokesman Trent Fellers says the group has come to doubt that a ballot measure is the correct way to address the issue and they are not convinced that lawmakers would effectively implement the proposal.
Erdman disagreed, calling the group’s opinion “flimsy” and says the petition effort is not over.
Erdman said,” We have a group of volunteers like an army. It is hard to keep track of all the people circulating petitions. So we have a grass roots effort behind us. So we will formulate a plan going forward. I don’t want people to think we are giving up, we haven’t . We will just change our strategy and see what we can do moving forward.”