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WATERMEIER WAS APART OF 22 WATER TASK FORCE MEETINGS IN 2013

By Nate Gonner 12/26/2013

             THE FIRST DISTRICT STATE SENATOR OF NEBRASKA SPENT MOST OF HIS SUMMER AND FALL IN MEETINGS ACROSS THE STATE INVOLVING THE ISSUE OF WATER.

 

              FROM JULY THROUGH THE EARLY PART OF THIS MONTH, SENATOR DAN WATERMEIER OF SYRACUSE WAS INVOLVED IN 22 DIFFERENT MEETINGS AS APART OF THE WATER POLICY TASK FORCE, WHICH LOOKED AT DIFFERENT WAYS TO HELP SUSTAIN NEBRASKA’S PRECIOUS WATER RESOURCES.

 

              IN AN INTERVIEW WITH KNCY NEWS, WATERMEIER SAYS THE TASK FORCE HAS MADE A RECOMMENDATION OF 50 MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR THAT IS NEEDED TO HELP MAINTAIN THE WATER RESOURCES IN THE STATE.

 

              WATERMEIER AUDIO

             

              WATERMEIER SAYS THE TASK FORCE IS WORRIED ABOUT DIFFERENT ISSUES IN EACH REGION OF THE STATE.

 

              ON THE EAST SIDE, WATERMEIER SAYS THERE IS A CONCERN ABOUT FLOOD WATERS THAT IMPACTED NEBRASKA IN 2011, WHILE ON THE WESTERN HALF THERE IS A WORRY ABOUT A LACK OF WATER RESOURCES.

 

              THE RECOMMENDATIONS TO FUND THIS REQUEST INCLUDE USING AN 8TH OF ONE PERCENT OF THE EXISTING SALES TAX REVENUE FOR WATER PROJECTS ALONG WITH REMOVING SALES TAX EXEMPTIONS FROM BOTTLE WATER OR SOFT DRINKS, INTRODUCING A TAX ON COMMERICAL AND RESIDENTIAL FERTILIZER, AND INTRODUCING A EXCISE TAX ON ETHONAL AND SIMILAR PROJECTS.

 

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