Neb. farmers support ag land valuation decrease

Feb 8, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — School groups and counties are expressing concern about a proposal to reduce the taxable value of farm- and ranchland.

The Revenue Committee heard testimony on two bills Friday relating to agricultural property valuation.

Senator Beau McCoy of Omaha has introduced a bill that would reduce those land valuations over a three-year period from 75 percent to 65 percent. Senator Tom Hansen of North Platte has introduced a bill that would provide the same reductions over two years.

McCoy says it's difficult for producers to keep up with rapidly rising valuations.

Renee Fry, executive director of OpenSky Policy Institute, says schools would see a $68.2 million shortfall, and counties would lose $21.9 million if the bill was passed.

The three-year bill is LB670. The two-year bill is LB813.

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