LINCOLN — An initiative petition drive seeking a 35% rebate for property taxes paid is setting its sights on the state's urban areas after gaining signatures in rural Nebraska.
The TRUE Nebraskans petition drive will open an office in west Omaha on Oct. 16 in its push to gather more than 120,000 signatures of registered voters by July 2 to qualify its proposal for the November 2020 ballot.
Officials with the group said they may have already met one of the two qualifications to obtain a spot on the ballot, which is to obtain signatures from at least 5% of the registered voters in 38 of Nebraska's 93 counties. Now, the group is determining how many more are needed from the state's most populous areas to meet the overall signature requirement.
"We're taking it to the three big counties, which encompass about half the population," said Ed Truemper, a pediatrician based in Ashland, referring to Douglas, Sarpy and Lancaster Counties. Truemper serves as a field director for the organization in eastern Nebraska.
The TRUE Nebraskans drive — which stands for "Tax Relief Unites Everyone" — was launched in May after the Nebraska Legislature couldn't pass a bill to provide substantial property