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      Heineman Says Counties Need to Work on Controlling Spending, Lowering Property Taxes

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      Governor Dave Heineman says property taxes are too high and he's asking local governments to control their spending to bring them down.

      Heineman says 25 counties raised property taxes last year bymore than 10 percent.

      Some say state mandates have forced counties to raiseproperty taxes. But Heineman says it's about making priorities, and he offered to address specific mandates if counties havea problem.

      The governor added Wednesday that he supports lowering the valuation offarm and ranch land from 75 percent to 65 percent.

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