State Lawmakers Call on Local Leaders to Tackle Taxes


State lawmakers have asked localleaders to join in as they gear up to tackle taxes.

Unlike the income tax, state officialshave no direct control over property taxes set by county governments, schoolboards, and community colleges. This means local leaders have the biggest handin determining what your property taxes will look like in the coming year.

As they start the 2014 session,lawmakers aim to agree on the best way to ease property-tax pressure on homeand business owners, and farmers and ranchers.

Governor Heineman and many ruralsenators have called for a reduction in taxable agriculture land valuations. That,along with an income tax cut, would help farmers.

Some urban lawmakers believe the stateshould focus first on taxes that benefit the largest number of Nebraskans -home owners.