Gov. Pete Ricketts says Nebraskans remain upset about the rate of their property taxes.
Ricketts says property taxes continue to be the top issue during his various top hall meetings across the state.
“As I travel the state, the number one issue continues to be property tax relief,” Ricketts tells reporters when asked during a news conference. “My team right now is working on various ideas with regard to property tax relief. We’re talking to other senators. We’re talking to other groups. So we’ll, as we get closer to January, be rolling out what some of those idea are and really work to see if we can develop a consensus around what those steps going forward ought to be.”
The governor says his staff is working on a plan to forward to the legislature next session and Ricketts says he understands any plan will have to include a look at the impact of school funding.
“Well, certainly school funding plays heavily into property taxes,” according to Ricketts. “If you look at most people’s property tax bill, between 60 and 75% of what that money goes to goes to schools. So, it’s certainly one of the things that we’ll need to take a look at as we look at where we go with regard to property tax relief going forward.”