City of Kearney Ranks Low in Property Tax Levies


The city of Kearney is once again ranked as having one of the lowest property tax levies in the state for 2012.

In an annual survey conducted by the city of Norfolk, Kearney ranked as having the second lowest property tax levy among first class cities across Nebraska. First class cities are those with populations greater than 5,000, excluding Lincoln and Omaha.

According to the survey, Kearney has a property tax levy of .14887, or about 15 cents per $100 of valuation. That means, on a house valued at $150,000 the city receives $223 in property taxes.

"This shows the value of local government to residents, the services received – streets, parks, police, fire, library, and airport - are provided with a very low property tax burden", said City Manager Michael Morgan.

Mayor Stan Clouse added, "The city council is very proud of our city administration and employees for once again having one of the lowest municipal levies in the state. Kearney is always in the top two or three cities in this ranking and it is a tribute to the diligence and hard work of our city employees in managing day-to-day activities of our city while ensuring our quality of life in Kearney is not compromised."