Report Says Rural Nebraska Counties Bear Heavier Property Tax Burden

LINCOLN- Calls for property-tax relief have dominated budget talks in Nebraska this year.

According to research from the Center for Rural Affairs, from 2005 to 2014 property-tax collections accounted for nearly twice the revenue as individual income-tax collections in Nebraska; for more rural counties it was almost six times that amount.

Policy associate at the center Jordan Rasmussen explains that while significant increases in land value are to blame, Nebraska‘s education-funding formula also is problematic…

Statewide, the share of total property tax paid on agricultural land increased from more than 18 percent in 2005 to nearly 30 percent in 2014.