Gov. Pete Ricketts got his property tax relief package as lawmakers complete their work on it, passing the second half of the package.
Not everyone was happy with the result.
Sen. Al Davis of Hyannis says LB 958, which delivers $20 million in property tax credits to agriculture, doesn’t do enough.
Both LB 958 and its companion measure, LB 959, underwent substantial change during the process. In particular, provisions which would have limited the revenue growth of local governmental bodies were removed. LB 958 once contained approximately $30 million in property tax relief by farmers and ranchers. That was cut by $10 million.
Davis complains a provision that would have restricted the revenue growth of community colleges was also removed from the bill and tells colleagues the community colleges haven’t received the message sent by the legislature.
“The community colleges do not get and have not listened to everything that’s been said on this floor and everything that took place in the Revenue Committee in addressing the levying authority and the absolute, I guess I would say, incompetence maybe of the administration of some of these community colleges who aren’t listening and are tone deaf,” Davis tells colleagues.
LB 958 passes 47-to-1. Lawmakers the day before approved the educational portion of the package.