Property Tax Bill Aimed at Farm Homes Stalls in Nebraska

March 31, 2016 06:57 AM
Property Tax Bill Aimed at Farm Homes Stalls in Nebraska

A bill that would have given a property tax exemption to Nebraska farm homes has stalled in the Legislature.

Senators agreed Tuesday to shelve the bill for the rest of the year amid criticism that it only would have benefited rural Nebraska residents.

Lawmakers still have to debate a larger bill that would provide a tax credit for farm and ranch landowners and impose budget restrictions on community colleges.

Some senators say the Legislature hasn't done enough to lower taxes for all businesses and individuals, and argued that the debate has pitted urban lawmakers against rural lawmakers.

The bill was introduced by Sen. Lydia Brasch of Bancroft.

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Spell Check

schuyler, NE
4/2/2016 10:30 AM

  Why not tax big business instead of giving giving them tax breaks every 5 years for hiring a few more people. The people they hire are not even from NE. Big business is bringing in the wrong crowd of people, the nightly news always starts off with how many people where shot in Omaha, and Lincoln. Crime and drug use is up because of our policy of not taxing big business. The eastern 1/3 gives tax breaks to bring new business so they can keep growing. Well who has to pay the taxes when the big business don't. I think they should draw a line from Blair to Fremont to Nebraska City, this makes a shape of a football. They can call themselves the Cornhuskers, and the rest of the state can be Nebraska. The eastern 1/3 of the state controls the whole state and they tax the hell out of us. In return we get nothing. Watch Nebraska public TV when they are in session, it will make you sick how one sided the state is and how stupid them people really are. Go to any government and school agency in Ne and just see how they waste the money. Instead of getting an increase every year they should get cut. If I didn't have so many friends here I would leave, even any state boarding Ne is better than Ne.....

Chappell, NE
4/1/2016 01:44 PM

  Nebraska has the stupidest, anti-farmer taxing structure in the nation. Bar none. Yet our urban lawmakers see no reason not to waste even more of the farmers tax dollars by filing a retarded lawsuit against Colorado for taxing marijuana instead of requiring Colorado farmers to pay all of the Colorado taxes. Here's a clue boys, file a suit against Colorado for being much smarter than Nebraska. I bet even OUR attorney general could easily prove THAT case.

Western, NE
4/1/2016 09:14 AM

  The school finance formula, TEEOSA, in Nebraska is the biggest problem. It's skewed in favor of the eastern 1/3 of Nebraska where urban senators have whined for years that there isn't enough real estate tax base to support the schools. A former senator and farmer from Ashland really screwed the formula up when he was in the legislature and probably could be blamed for the debacle the state is in today with regard to school finances. The problem needs to be addressed with a combination of sales taxes, income taxes, lottery proceeds and finally real estate taxes. The college system in Nebraska needs to be reviewed with the university system relying more on its billion plus dollar endowment fund for annual operating expenses. Natural Resource Districts need also to be reigned in for the abhorrent amounts of money they waste on buildings and new equipment. The list can go on and on, but foremost is the way Nebraska finances its schools!! It NEEDS to be changed!!


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