Nebraska farm, business groups spar over property tax bill

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The Neb. Revenue Committee hears the testimony of Dave Welsch of Milford Public Schools, center, who spoke in opposition to LB 974, a plan to lower Nebraska property taxes, in Lincoln, Neb., Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. The plan appears to have enough support to advance out of the Legislature’s Revenue Committee, but the state’s largest school groups are promising to fight it. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – A bill that would lower Nebraska’s property taxes by shifting more state aid to schools is drawing support from the state’s top agricultural and business groups, but opposition from schools that don’t want restrictions on their taxing power and don’t trust the state to maintain its funding.

The face-off before the Legislature’s Revenue Committee was a troubling sign for the bill’s prospects, although the committee chairwoman says the proposal was likely to change.

Opposition from the state’s mid-sized and largest schools is a major hurdle that supporters would likely have to overcome in the Legislature. Sen. Lou Ann Linehan, the committee chairwoman, says it’s a work in progress.

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