The owner of a $100,000 home will see a credit of $104.15 on next year's property tax bill. That's $17.65 more than this year's credit.
The County Board approved raising the salary by 2.5% in 2023 and by the same percentage in 2024. That will increase members' pay to $59,815 in 2023, and then to $61,310 in 2024.
The poll questioned residents in only eight state legislative districts — the eight represented by senators on the Legislature's Revenue Committee. That committee advanced a property-tax reduction bill this spring that failed to advance. But Platte Institute officials said Wednesday they believe their polling represents the views of people across the state.
Come October, diners and drinkers in La Vista will pay an extra handful of change at restaurants, coffee shops and bars.
Millard school board members voted to lower the district's tax levy Tuesday night. Several board members said they were making good on a commitment not to reap a windfall from the 2017 levy override election.
Representatives from the Nebraska Department of Revenue were peppered with questions Thursday from state senators during a hearing to discuss the costs and benefits of business tax incentive programs.
A majority of La Vista City Council members appear to have an appetite for a restaurant tax. The response to the city’s proposed 1.5% tax included a mix of supporters and opponents Tuesday night during a public hearing.
By broadening the state’s sales tax base, new revenue could be used to lower tax rates. But the committee was split over whether to lower the state sales tax rate or local property taxes — which one senator called “the marquee issue” in the state.
Mayor Stothert's proposed 2020 budget calls for increasing the number of housing code enforcement inspectors from nine to 10. But adding one won't get it done, advocates contended.
The disagreement between Mayor Doug Kindig and Gov. Pete Ricketts came down to this: the governor is against most new or increased taxes; the mayor says the reality of operating a growing city means finding new sources of revenue.
Under the budget, the increase would cost the owner of a $200,000 home in the county about $30 more in property taxes next year.
La Vista Mayor Doug Kindig said he was disappointed that Ricketts expressed his dissent on social media rather than in a one-on-one phone call. “Is that how we communicate in this state now with our elected leaders?” Kindig asked.
In some ways, the City of Omaha remains hampered by its 2010 attempt to increase street funding by expanding the wheel tax.
State Sen. Lou Ann Linehan of Omaha, the chairwoman of the committee, says she wants to have legislation on both property tax relief and new business tax incentives worked out and ready to go when lawmakers return to Lincoln in January.
The quarrel is related to a Douglas County project to build a courthouse annex and new juvenile detention center in downtown Omaha.
Tuesday's vote temporarily ends discussion of the mayor’s favored trash bid, a 10-year, $22.7-million-a year deal with Spain-based FCC Environmental.
Two key issues were left unfinished, but lawmakers worked together and compromised on other important legislation.
Nebraska lawmakers headed home Friday from a session marked by relatively easy passage of a $9.3 billion state budget but major disappointments over property taxes and business incentives.
The state budget included a 23% increase in the state's property tax credit fund, which boosted the total to $275 million a year. Gov. Pete Ricketts touted the record amount in the fund, but many rural lawmakers had argued for bigger reductions in property taxes.
State Sen. Mark Kolterman said Thursday that he’ll have the 33 votes needed to head off a filibuster and get the bill passed, but rural senators say they're close to having enough votes to block the measure.
The advancement came despite threats by rural senators to block Legislative Bill 720, known as the ImagiNE Act, unless lawmakers also passed a pending bill granting property tax relief.
The bills now head to Gov. Pete Ricketts, who has until Monday to sign or veto them or make line-item vetoes of specific spending items.
Ernie Goss, an author of the study, defended it, saying that as an economist, his findings have never been influenced by who was paying for a study, and that they were not in this instance.
A rarely used "pull" motion passed with the minimum 25 votes Tuesday night, allowing a chance for a floor debate on the controversial issue of physical restraint of disruptive students.
Doug Kagan of Omaha, the longtime head of Nebraska Taxpayers for Freedom, said he withdrew his sponsorship of the petition because he disagreed with the management of the effort and didn’t think that it would be successful in qualifying for the 2020 ballot.
The issue of when a sale is taxed has been thrust into the limelight in the Nebraska Legislature during an ongoing debate about how to lower Nebraska's sky-high property taxes.