Ben Hansen (N)
The Platte Institute provided testimony in support of LB644. This bill establishes a Truth in Taxation law, which requires taxpayers to be directly notified by mail about public hearings and board votes for local property tax increases. With a proposed committee amendment, LB644 would provide taxpayers with a stronger voice in how local property taxes are decided by providing the date, time, and location of a joint public meeting where proposed property tax increases from counties, cities, school districts, and community colleges will be decided. Each resident would be provided at least three minutes for public comment at the hearing. Subdivisions must explain how much a property taxpayer’s tax bill would rise if the proposed tax increase were approved, and hold the joint public hearing after 6 p.m. on a date between August 20 and before September 20, allowing more taxpayers the opportunity to attend these public meetings.
LB644 has advanced to Final Reading, the last round of legislative debate. Sen. Ben Hansen has designated LB644 his 2021 priority bill. IClick here to read the Platte Institute's testimony.