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State Lawmakers Call on Local Leaders to Tackle Taxes

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

Unlike the income tax, state officials have no direct control over property taxes set by county governments, school boards, and community colleges. This means local leaders have the biggest hand in 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 home and business owners, and farmers and ranchers.

Governor Heineman and many rural senators 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 state should focus first on taxes that benefit the largest number of Nebraskans - home owners.


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