Today, Gov. Dave Heineman commented on the local property tax increases released through the Nebraska Department of Revenue. The Nebraska Department of Revenue has received the 2013 certificates of taxes levied reports from each county assessor in Nebraska's 93 counties. The data indicates that total property taxes, statewide, increased 5.22% from 2012 to 2013.
Gov. Heineman's statement follows:
"The latest property tax report shows property taxes are increasing because local government spending is increasing too rapidly. The Department of Revenue property tax report indicates property taxes increased by more than 5 percent in 70 counties. Of those counties, property taxes increased by more than seven percent in 51 counties, and property taxes in 25 counties increased by more than 10 percent this past year.
"These figures reflect the total property tax increase by all local government entities within the county. As I said in my State of the State address, we need our partners in local government to slow the rate of growth in local spending to achieve real property tax relief."