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Nebraska’s Legislative Battle Over Property Tax Relief: Balancing Burden on Consumers and Business Owners

BySamantha Nguyen

Mar 28, 2024
Property tax relief bill proposes shifting burden to sales taxes, raising concerns for business owners

The Nebraska Legislature is currently debating a legislative package aimed at providing property tax relief to the state’s residents. Governor Jim Pillen has described the proposed tax package as “historic” and “transformational,” while some state senators have likened Nebraska’s tax system to an unbalanced stool with too much pressure on property owners.

However, organizations like the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce have expressed opposition to shifting the tax burden onto consumers through sales tax increases. Some business owners are concerned about specific hikes, such as a proposed 100% tax on CBD and hemp products, which could lead to a decrease in sales tax revenue as businesses struggle to stay afloat. Sarah Linden, CEO of Grateful Green, pointed out that this proposed tax increase could harm lower-income individuals who rely on these products for medical purposes.

At Brewsky’s Food and Spirits, owner Brian Kitten expressed concern about a proposed 20% tax on games of skill machines, which he believes could negatively impact his business’s ability to generate revenue during challenging times like the pandemic. Kitten emphasized the importance of these machines in keeping his business running and feared that implementing this tax could lead to further financial difficulties.

The bill is still subject to change during its debate by senators, who may spend several days adjusting its language and specifics before it can be finalized. However, the goal remains clear: to provide much-needed property tax relief to Nebraskans while considering the concerns of businesses and individuals alike.

By Samantha Nguyen

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