Property Tax Impact, Center Stage, at Beatrice Townhall

BEATRICE – Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts Wednesday faced some pointed questions about the state’s tax structure, during a townhall meeting in Beatrice.

Ricketts has proposed continuing to use the property tax credit relief fund, setting a floor for overall property tax relief, and allowing citizens to cap property tax growth by voting that into the state’s constitution.

:16                  “tax relief”

Some farmers who were among the eighty people attending the townhall said a better balance between property, sales and income taxes is needed.  Don Schuller ran unsuccessfully for the state legislature.  He says tax restructuring and new revenue sources are needed.

:22                  “starving person….amen”

Ricketts reiterated during the townhall held at the Vintage Venue, that he will not support a tax increase, or a shift in taxes that reduces taxes for one group but increases them for others.

One farmer in the audience said on his 140 acres of non-irrigated land, his property taxes have gone up 400% in ten years.

:32                  “understand it”

A coalition of farm and education groups are supporting a plan that would remove certain sales tax exemptions and find new revenue to provide property tax relief while increasing aid to education.

At times, the discussion became heated, showing an urban-rural split on taxes.

:52                  “agriculture”

Governor Ricketts spent some time on his budget proposals prior to taking questions in the one-hour session…most of them….on the property tax burden.

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