Northeast Board of Governors Briefed on State of Community Colleges in Nebraska

NORFOLK — The Nebraska Community College Association is predicting a fight for funding in the 2018 state legislative session.

NCCA Executive Director Greg Adams addressed the goals and plans of the association of six of the states’ community colleges during the Northeast Community College Board of Governors meeting on Thursday.

Adams, a former speaker of the legislature, guesses the big debates will be about balancing what could be an over 50 million dollar budget deficit. He says cuts will likely include education.

“I have spoken to all the CEOs, they get it, and I think you all have made adjustments in anticipation that colleges are going to take another cut,” Adams said. “From university right on down the line.”

Southeast Community College raised their property tax levy by 21 percent this year and Adams anticipates a couple senators to try to get back at the whole system.

“They did what they did for good reason,” Adams said. “I think as colleges we all need to stand behind what they did.”

Adams said he has met with 18 state senators and Governor Pete Ricketts. He said Ricketts’ closing message to him was to tell the colleges to “watch that property tax.”

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