Statement: Legislature Concludes Without Addressing Property Tax Problem

Tomorrow, the Nebraska Legislature is scheduled to conclude their current session without providing a solution to Nebraskans top priority – property tax reform. While there were some proposals that would have provided some relief to Nebraska home and property owners, the issue did not get the attention demanded by Nebraskans on the floor of the […]

A Vote for Cloture on LB461 is a Vote Opposing Property Tax Reform

Today is a big day. Even though Speaker Jim Scheer instituted a rule that required all legislation to attain the 33 votes necessary to pass cloture, he is bringing back LB461, which failed to generated this support 11 days ago. LB461 provides little to no property tax relief for home, business, and agricultural property owners […]

Dispute threatens Nebraska tax package

Despite an effort to unite Nebraska farmers and business owners behind a sweeping tax plan, the groups remain sharply divided over which taxes to cut and some worry the opposing views could make already difficult changes all but impossible. The package championed by Gov. Pete Ricketts remains in limbo as lawmakers approach the 60th day […]

A Voice to Property Tax Reform

Jerrine Racek Harris is a farm owner in Morse Bluff who has spent years building up her family’s farm into a successful business like the generations before her. And like thousands of other Nebraska property owners, Jerrine is deeply concerned with how our state’s skyrocketing property taxes are affecting the future of landowners. “I fear […]

Sen. Smith’s Revenue Committee Still Far Short of Providing Property Tax Reform

Following a four-day break, the Legislature is due back at the Capitol.  The Revenue Committee is planning to meet today to discuss proposals that can be brought together into a package to provide tax relief. Last week, Senator Jim Smith offered a proposal that would treat the property tax relief fund as a slush fund, […]

Senator Watermeier has not Lost Sight of the Top Priority

Property tax reform has been a top topic of discussion around the Capitol this week and for good reason. Funding Nebraska on the state and local levels are heavily dependent on homeowners and property owners. Property taxes account for nearly 50 percent of all state revenues, which is an unsustainable way to fund Nebraska’s priorities. […]

Sen. Smith’s Proposal Only Increases Taxes

Today, details about Sen. Jim Smith’s latest proposal were reveled in an Omaha World Herald story by Martha Stoddard. Instead of property tax reform, the proposal would actually increase property taxes in order to provide small income tax cuts for the wealthiest of Nebraskans. Yes. You read that correctly. Nebraskans pay the seventh highest property […]