Through the power of the people, place the Nebraska Unicameral in a position where they must act on and create a solution to Nebraska’s Property Tax problem. If they fail to act, they must face a $1.5 billion rebate to the taxpayers of Nebraska each year.
The Nebraska legislature has consistently failed to provide property tax relief for the taxpayers of our state. This failure has made Nebraska the 7th highest property tax state in the nation. It is time for Nebraska’s Second House to act and this constitutional amendment does just that.
No. This constitutional amendment does not affect property taxes directly. This is not a property tax relief proposal and will not affect your actual property tax bill. Schools and local governments will see absolutely no change in the monies they receive or how they levy property taxes. We are focused on forcing the Nebraska Legislature to finally act and pass true property tax relief statewide or face the consequences of this petition
As we have seen in the past, the legislature can change a law to fit their agenda or perhaps make it easier on themselves to govern. A constitutional amendment cannot just be ignored by the legislature. This petition by the citizens of Nebraska is a mandate that cannot be ignored, bypassed or vetoed. Our goal is for the Nebraska Legislature to provide long-term property tax relief for all Nebraskans. If this goal can be met before the 2020 General Election, then there is no need for this constitutional amendment, we have succeeded, and all Nebraskans will benefit.
No, we are neither proposing nor creating the solutions for property tax relief. We are forcing the hands that have asked for the responsibility to create and find those solutions. That is the Nebraska Legislature. For over a decade the legislature has ignored this problem as Nebraska has crept up the rankings of HIGH PROPERTY TAX STATES. An honor we do not want. We and our partners have identified pages and pages of budget cuts that could be implemented if the state legislature decides that citizens of Nebraska are not worthy of property tax relief. We are putting this issue squarely in the hands of the legislature and they will decide how they want to deal with it.
Any Nebraska resident who is also a registered voter, or someone that will be registered by July 1, 2020, can sign the petition form. By signing the petition, a citizen is allowing the voters to decide whether this is an action that should be taken. You are not bound to support the petition in 2020 by signing today.