Property tax relief petition drive underway

Yes to Property Tax Relief

A petition drive to place a $1.1 billion property tax relief proposal on the November 2018 ballot for voter approval began collecting signatures this week. The Yes to Property Tax Relief Committee has been formed to manage the effort.

"Petitions are printing and circulators will start collecting signatures this week," Trent Fellers, spokesman for the committee, said.

The committee must collect approximately 85,000 signatures before July 5 to place the proposed Property Tax Relief Act on the ballot. The Act would provide property tax payers with a refundable income tax credit equal to half of their property taxes collected by the local school district. That credit would mean a 30% overall reduction in property taxes for most taxpayers, and would drop Nebraska's property tax burden from the 5th highest to 25th nationally.

Fellers saids the growing concerns of property taxpayers combined with the ongoing failure of the Governor and legislature to address the problem has created the demand for the petition drive and the urgency to begin collecting signatures.

"Property taxes in the state have increased by more than 60% in the last ten years, and Nebraska now has a higher property tax burden than New York or California," Fellers said. "We have a coalition of citizens - both urban and rural, east and west - who believe a successful petition drive and vote of the people is the only path to meaningful property tax relief."

The committee has retained the Arizona-based Lincoln Strategy Group to manage the signature collection campaign. Lincoln Strategy Group recently led the successful petition drive in Nebraska to "repeal the repeal" of the death penalty in 2016, using a combination of paid and volunteer circulators to collect more than 166,000 signatures in just 82 days.

"With Lincoln Strategy Group's national experience and recent success in Nebraska, and the volunteer enthusiasm for this effort, I am confident we will collect the signatures needed to get our proposal on the ballot," Fellers said.