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Task force say more funding needed for water projects

Posted: 12/30/13 10:14

A special task force created by the legislature claims the state needs nearly a billion dollars in projects to adequately sustain water for drinking, irrigation and flood control. The Water Sustainability Task Force recommends raising 50-Million dollars a year to pay for the projects. Senator Tom Carlson of Holdrege, chairman of the Natural Resources Committee and a member of the task force, says he will bring recommendations to raise the money to the legislature, even though he might not endorse all of them. Among the recommendations to raise money is to lift the sales tax exemption on soft drinks, to tax ethanol, and to designate a portion of the state sales tax to pay for water projects.