If you live in central or western Nebraska now is your chance to tell the governor your thoughts on property taxes.

And it comes as NCN is learning more details about the governor's plans to cut those taxes.


While the country’s eyes this week will be on Thursday’s presidential debate, Nebraska Gov. Jim Pillen is spending the week with one final blitz across much of the state as he finalizes a late July, early August special session of the Legislature to make his promise of a 40 percent cut in property taxes come true.

He’s holding town halls in nine central and western Nebraska cities talking up change, while critics argue no real changes have been officially proposed.

Gov. Jim Pillen, Nebraska (R): “Because of this Legislature’s inaction this morning Nebraskans will not see a penny of property tax relief out of this session. It’s unacceptable from my seat.”

That was Governor Pillen in April, on the last day of this year’s regular session of the Legislature, calling lawmakers out accusing them of doing nothing to cut property taxes.

Taking him this week to Holdrege and Kearney on Tuesday, Columbus on Wednesday. Valentine, Chadron and Alliance on Thursday, finishing up Friday in Ogallala, McCook and Lexington.

According to a recent statement from Pillen, “We can solve this problem with a broad tax base and low tax rate.”

Sen. Machaela Cavanaugh recently tweeting, “There is no agreement.”

Sen. Megan Hunt: “Big talk from someone who doesn’t have the votes.”

Cavanaugh adding Pillen has, “Insulted Nebraskans and #NELeg for not supporting a massive tax shift that DIRECTLY benefits him personally.”

Gov. Pillen: “I will call as many sessions as it takes to finish the long overdue work of solving our property tax crisis.”

Along with Pillen’s view that the property tax crisis can be solved by expanding the sales tax base, eliminating billions of dollars in exemptions while cutting the state sales tax possibly from 5-and-a-half percent to five percent, NCN has learned that state officials are also discussing caps on year-to-year property valuations.

The governor’s office last week noting that over half of Nebraska’s 93 counties had double-digit valuation increases this year.

We’re hearing some want to cap future increases to no more than four percent a year.