Created: Fri, 17 Jan 2014 10:07:00 CST
Updated: Fri, 17 Jan 2014 12:04:09 CST
The Nebraska Department of Revenue released figures this morning that show property taxes statewide increased 5.22% between 2012 and 2013.
As part of his tax relief proposal, Governor Heineman reminded voters that property taxes are set by local governments, not the state. He then called on local governments to hold their spending in check.
Sioux County had the largest increase, with levies increasing nearly 20%. Harlan and Phelps counties ranked second and third with increases of over 17%. Buffalo County taxpayers saw an 8.5% increase in their levies last year; Hall County residents had an increase of just over 4.5%; while Adams County taxpayers saw a levy decrease of .13%.
Of the 169 million dollars in increased property taxes collected statewide; 7% of that was from voter approved bonds, 20% from newly constructed property; and 70% from tax increases to existing property.