The recently-formed Nebraska Ag Leaders Working Group met this week with Governor Pete Ricketts to discuss key issues facing agriculture. Working Group member Steve Nelson, president of the Nebraska Farm Bureau, says many topics were covered.
“Certainly the number-one issue we talked about and the number-one issue for the group has been the property tax issue in Nebraska and the need for reform and property tax relief,” Nelson says. “We had a good discussion.”
Nelson says while overall tax reform was discussed, they need to find a way to correct the over-reliance on property taxes by various government entities.
He says, “It would be primarily property taxes and how we deal with the imbalance that continues to worsen and shifting the balance of who pays for government services onto property taxes.”
The group also includes leaders from groups like the Nebraska Cattlemen’s Association and the Nebraska Corn Growers Association. Nelson says the ag leaders working group has also been talking with state senators and the governor about possible legislation for the next session to address the tax problem.
Nelson says, “One of the things we talked about is how we can all work together to move a package forward that really does deal with the problem, creates long-term reform and in the end, creates a lot of benefit for the entire economy of the state of Nebraska.”
He says they also spoke with the governor about their opposition to any attempt to put a Right to Farm measure into the state constitution.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton