Local governments in Nebraska are working on setting their local budgets. To achieve true property tax relief local government spending must be addressed. Nebraska Farm Bureau has created a toolkit to help County Farm Bureaus weigh in during the budgeting process to help control property taxes. This toolkit is designed to help you engage in the local budgeting process.
How to Use this Toolkit
Included in the toolkit are a guide on the local budgeting process, sample letters to local elected officials, information to share with the media and on social media platforms, and specific information about annual changes in school total disbursements as well as a look at property taxes levied in each county across Nebraska from 2010-2020. We hope this information can help you weigh in during the budgeting process. Things you can do include:
- Organize a County Farm Bureau meeting and invite your Nebraska Farm Bureau Regional Manager.
- Find out when your local government or school board will hold their budget hearings and attend the hearings.
- Have your County Farm Bureau President or board sign and send letters to your county commissioners/supervisors or to your local school board members.
- Use provided Tweets or posts to your social media
Here are the links to help you weigh in on your local budgets:
Early in the planning process, consider the news and publicity value and how you might promote information to reporters at local media outlets or on social media platforms.
Consider the following:
- Have you established relationships with local media outlets? If not, contact the local reporter/broadcaster to introduce yourself as a source of information about agriculture and Farm Bureau.
- Visits with local reporters can help you build rapport and generate interest in your program and Farm Bureau.
- Tweets or Facebook posts
- High property taxes continue to plague Nebraskans, especially farmers and ranchers. Part of the solution to the property tax problem is to control spending at the local level. #WeighInControlSpending
- Nebraskans understand the importance of good roads and other services provided by counties. However, the accelerated growth in property taxes, raises concerns for the impact increased spending will have on taxpayers for the upcoming year. #WeighInControlSpending
- Over the last 10 years, the average amount of property taxes levied in counties across the state increased by 52%, with taxes levied on agricultural land increasing by an average of 80%. #WeighInControlSpending
- Ultimately, local governments should develop budgets that address basic needs for the county, while also balancing the needs of taxpayers who fund these services. #WeighInControlSpending
- The fact that taxes on agricultural land grew at a much higher rate than that experienced by other property sectors shows a shift in taxes onto agriculture. #WeighInControlSpending
- Trends show school spending has increased on average by 2.89% over the past four years. #WeighInControlSpending
- Nebraskans understand the need for a quality education, but the accelerated growth in property taxes, particularly on farmers and ranchers, raises concerns for the impact increased spending will have on taxpayers for the upcoming year. #WeighInControlSpending
Personalize posts with your local county property tax information by using the Property Tax Levies Per County Across Nebraska map and the Annual Changes in School Total Disbursements tool.