Press Release – Poll – Property Tax Relief Clear Priority Over Income Tax Cuts

Lincoln, Neb. – Reform for Nebraska’s Future released new polling data that further confirms that LB461 does not provide the tax relief that the majority of Nebraskans need. LB461 was introduced by Senator Jim Smith and has the backing of Governor Pete Ricketts. This proposal provides $10 of income tax cuts for every $1 of property tax cuts. While this bill was unable to secure the 33 votes necessary for cloture two weeks ago, Speaker Jim Scheer has scheduled additional debate tomorrow.

“These numbers only reiterate what Reform for Nebraska’s Future has been saying all along. An overwhelming majority of Nebraskan’s support property tax reform as the top priority and voters are willing to support politicians that deliver,” said Mark Fahleson, Chairman of Reform for Nebraska’s Future. “The Nebraska Legislature should oppose LB461 as it is currently written because it prioritizes income tax cuts without adequate property tax relief and this data just proves the current bill’s misplaced priorities as it relates to what Nebraskans want.”

The key findings of the poll are:

  • 72 percent of Nebraskans are more likely to support politicians that deliver property tax reform,
  • An overwhelming number of Nebraskans say that property tax reform is more important than income tax reform – by nearly a 2 ½ to 1 margin,
  • 55 percent of Nebraskans single out property taxes as the state and local tax that they overpay – only 15 percent of respondents say the same about income tax, and
  • Age, gender, location, or party affiliation, property taxes are the top priority.

You can find an online version of the poll here.

“These numbers just further justify that LB461 needs a massive overhaul in order to deliver the tax relief needed and wanted by Nebraskans. It is difficult to say that anything less than a bill that overwhelming prioritizes property tax relief can be justified. And the voters are watching,” added Fahleson.

This poll was conducted April 27-30 by Harper Polling through landline interviews conducted with Interactive Voice Response (IVR) technology. The sample includes 500 likely general election voters in Nebraska and the margin of error is ±4.4%.