School funding and property taxes were on the Nebraska City Rotary Club agenda Wednesday afternoon.
John Spatz, executive director of the Nebraska Association of School Boards, told the audience that Nebraska ranks third in the nation in direct-to-classroom spending behind New York and Minnesota.
Annual per-student education cost in Nebraska is $12,299, he said, which is 19th in the nation, according to Census Bureau statistics.  Spatz noted that education funding in the state has risen at a smaller percentage than the state budget for the past eight years.
Nebraska is 49th in the nation when it comes to state support for education, he said, adding that Nebraska has no state support for facilities or school construction.

Spatz noted that state funding for Medicaid, child welfare and corrections has been increasing in recent years, while state revenue has been decreasing because of the state’s dependence on agriculture as a revenue source.
Spatz suggested a solution that involved diversifying the state’s revenue sources to lessen its dependence on agriculture and a budget scenario in which spending for Medicaid, child welfare and corrections decreased rather than increased.
The Nebraska City Rotary Club meets at noon Wednesdays at the Eagles Club, 600 1st Corso. Guests pay $9 for lunch.
The program for tomorrow (Oct. 10) is scheduled to be human trafficking.