SPECIAL REPORT: New Irrigation Tax Proposed

LINCOLN — Columbus State Senator Paul Schumacher introduced LB 1022 on Tuesday which would impose a one-cent annual tax for every 10 gallons of water used to irrigate agricultural and horticultural land. The money raised would go to a special fund that would provide more financial resources to school districts that DO NOT receive state aid for schools currently.

The bill also proposes to value all ag land as dry land and would remove the current valuation policy of assessing more value to irrigated acres. The proposal has brought sharp criticism from ag groups and Nebraska farmers.

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