Nebraska property owners are now paying a ridiculously high share of the cost of schools, state and county government. The proposed lowering of property taxes and increasing of the sales tax rate is a step in the right direction. At least with sales tax, most people carry some portion of the load.

Sadly, the legislature is ignoring the real elephant in the room … the size and cancerous year after year growth of school administration costs, county government costs, and state bureaucracy costs.

The solution is really simple … require each of these government entities to be put on a crash diet by requiring that they reduce costs by at least 10 percent per year for the next two years. They are all staffed far larger than necessary to do everything that needs doing. Cut the fat. Cure the cancerous growth. Do it now.

Problem solved.

John Gable

Scottsbluff