The push to pull Nebraska's tax system into better shape moved to the Metro Thursday as lawmakers listened to remodeling ideas.
The Nebraska Legislature's Tax Modernization Committee hosted its fourth public hearing in Omaha at Metro Community College, south campus.
Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert was among those addressing the panel and she told the committee that its recommendations will be of great interest to the city which dependes on sales and property tax revenue to fund nearly two-thirds of the general fund budget.
"In my view, the property tax is too big a burden on family and business budgets," she said. "Our ability to retain and attract business and industry to the metropolitan area is greatly affected by our state's tax structure and competitive standing with neighboring states."
The mayor told the committee that the city will owe the state an estimated $12 million in sales tax refunds in 2014 as required under state law.
Stothert has said that any change in state tax law that would add money to Omaha's coffers would be offset by dollar-for-dollar adjustments by the city. That offset could come in the form of reductions in property tax or sales tax or in the reduction or repeal of occupation taxes.
The mayor said, "We are in it together."