A series of public hearings will be held to discuss Nebraska’s tax structure, and if changes should be made to it.
A Tax Modernization Committee was created during the spring legislative session. That committee is currently gathering information from national tax experts. A series of five public hearings begins September 23rd in Scottsbluff.
Renee Fry, executive director of the Open Sky Policy Institute, says public input is critical to the Committee’s work and final report.
"They’re not hearing from the national experts that our taxes are too far out of line, but where is it that Nebraskans are really concerned? What is it that concerns them and what solutions or proposals do Nebraskans have? And that’s really what the committee wants to hear."
One of the five public hearings is October 10th in Omaha. Another is October 11th in Lincoln. Norfolk and North Platte are also hosting public hearings.
The Committee is comprised of members from seven standing legislative committees, including Revenue, Agriculture, and Appropriations. They’ll issue a report in mid-December. More information is available at nebraskalegislature.gov.