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Lawmakers look to improve property tax relief for low-income senior citizens

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Lawmakers are debating how to keep the state's older population- as well as its younger population - here in Nebraska.

Today, state senators worked on a bill revising the income limits for people in enrolled in the Homestead Exemption Program.The program is designed to offer property tax relief program for low-income senior citizens.

Bill introducer Galen Hadley says the state is not doing a good enough job keeping retirees here in Nebraska. He said he read a poll that said that Nebraska ranks as one of the worst state to retire in.

"I can think of nothing more heart-wrenching than a person to lose their home based on their inability to pay the property taxes on their home," explains Hadley.

Senator Al Davis contended that young families need help too, they struggle with mortgages, student loans, and car payments.

He says they still have to pay their property taxes in full.

"I think we need to think about these young families," contends Davis. "What we're doing- if we want growth in Nebraska- we need to incentivize these young people too in some way."

The Bill- LB 986- received first round approval this morning by a 34-0 vote.

Governor Dave Heineman has stressed that this is the year that he wants to provide tax relief to Nebraskans, and this bill would fall under that umbrella.


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