Lawmakers push for broad-based property tax relief in 2016

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP)

Nebraska lawmakers are gearing up for next year’s legislative session with a focus on broad-based property tax relief for city dwellers as well as farmers and ranchers.

Legislative leaders and Governor Pete Ricketts have pegged property taxes as one of the top priorities for the session, despite a projected budget shortfall.

Senator Mike Gloor of Grand Island says he expects an attempt to slow the sharp land value increases that have forced farmers and ranchers to pay more in taxes. Gloor says he and others are also looking at proposals that would benefit residential and commercial properties.

Speaker of the Legislature Galen Hadley says he expects the issue to dominate the short, 60-day session that begins on January 6th.