2019 Nebraska Property Tax-School Funding Issues

2019 Nebraska Property Tax-School Funding Issues March 8, 2019

Nebraska agricultural property taxes are among the highest in the United States. Over the last three years, Nebraska farmers and ranchers have paid nearly 31% of their net farm income as property taxes (47% in 2017). When state and federal taxes are factored in, this represents an effective tax rate of more than 50% (over 60% in 2017). While no one particularly enjoys paying property taxes (or any other tax), property taxes are especially burdensome for Nebraska farmers and ranchers.

The proposed 2020 constitutional amendment to provide property tax relief would require dramatic state spending cuts, equally dramatic state sales and income tax increases, or both. This Cornhusker Economics newsletter provides an introduction to the role of property taxes in financing state and local government in Nebraska as well as K-12 education. We then examine some of the major property tax relief proposals and how they might impact taxing and spending in Nebraska.

READ MORE in the February 27 issue of Cornhusker Economics.