Nebraska landowners complain about valuation jumps

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (AP) _ The state Legislature's Tax Modernization Committee has gotten plenty of complaints about property valuations from landowners in western Nebraska.

At hearings Monday in Scottsbluff and Tuesday in North Platte, the sentiments were the same: Property taxes are too high, and so are valuation increases.

For example, Custer County rancher Jim Jones said Tuesday that the valuation on his land rose by more than $310,000 in 2012. But he said the land was worth no more to him after the increase than before. He says real estate taxes need to be based on productivity.

The committee is focusing on property, income and sales taxes and will report its findings back to the Legislature.

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