LINCOLN — Landowners in Nebraska paid 3.9 percent more in property taxes, on average, in 2012, though Douglas County saw one of the state’s smallest increases, only .3 percent.

A report issued Thursday by the Nebraska Department of Revenue attributed most of the increase to rising tax payments on existing property.

Most of that was due to increased value of agricultural land, according to Ruth Sorensen, the state’s property tax administrator.

The 40 counties with the largest increases were all rural; Douglas County’s increase, by comparison, ranked 89th out of the state’s 93 counties. A report earlier this year indicated that ag land values had risen 12.8 percent across the state, while residential land values were up less than 1 percent.

Dixon, Stanton and Hitchcock Counties had the largest increases in property taxes last year, ranging from 16 percent to 14 percent. Three counties in western Nebraska — Arthur, Dawes and Sioux — had property tax decreases.

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