The group’s president, Doug Kagan, says they seek property tax relief in the form of rebates and want a constitutional amendment on the 2020 ballot.
“It would give every property owner on every piece of their real property in the state of Nebraska a 35% refundable income tax rebate on whatever income tax they pay the state,” Kagan says. “It would be a tax credit on their property taxes.”
Under the plan, if the rebate was larger than what a person paid in, they’d get a refund check from the state. Kagan says the property tax burden is worsening and costing Nebraska residents.
“Homeowners, especially the senior citizens, are selling out and moving to other states simply because they can’t pay the property taxes,” Kagan says. “It’s even tougher on the farmers and ranchers because their income is not going up as fast as the valuation on their property taxes.”
The process of collecting signatures is underway and will be for a while.
“We don’t have to turn in the petitions until the first part of July in 2020,” Kagan says. “Because this is a constitutional amendment, you need more signatures, our goal is to get a little over 152,000 valid signatures.”
Kagan says they need signatures from at least three-fifths of Nebraska’s 93 counties in order to make the ballot.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton