Property Tax Figures Show Increase

Property taxes in Cass County in 2013 totaled $57,084,155 -- That is an increase of 9.0% when compared to the 2012 total of $52.35 million.

Eight years ago, in 2005, the amount was $37 million.

The Cassgram figures show that when comparing the 2013 annual rate of increase (percentage of increase) with other counties in Nebraska, Cass ranked 23rd. Cass County was 67th in the rate of increase in the previous report (2011 to 2012). There are 93 counties in Nebraska.

Neighboring counties and their 2013 rate of increase followed by their state ranking (in rate of increase): Otoe 6.4%/54th; Lancaster 3.5%/78th; Saunders 12.7%/10th; Sarpy 2.4%/82nd.

The 2012 to 2013 property taxes levied statewide increased 5.22%.

The information is contained in reports from the Nebraska Department of Revenue Property Assessment Division.

The 2013 Average Tax Rate of 1.969% in Cass was a -0.55% change when compared to 2012.

Cass County's property valuation increased to about $2.89-billion in 2013, a 9.64% increase.

Local government subdivisions, updated property valuations, newly constructed real property and voter-approved bonds all factor into the increase in the amount of property taxes levied.

Property taxes are payable to the county treasurer and go to support local schools, counties, cities, community colleges, NRD's, fire districts and other local government subdivisions.

In Cass County, the first half of your 2012 property tax bill becomes delinquent on May 1st, 2014 and the second half becomes delinquent on September 1st, 2014.

---Governor Dave Heineman gave his thoughts on the report with this statement: “The latest property tax report shows property taxes are increasing because local government spending is increasing too rapidly. The Department of Revenue property tax report indicates property taxes increased by more than 5 percent in 70 counties. Of those counties, property taxes increased by more than seven percent in 51 counties, and property taxes in 25 counties increased by more than 10 percent this past year.

“These figures reflect the total property tax increase by all local government entities within the county. As I said in my State of the State address, we need our partners in local government to slow the rate of growth in local spending to achieve real property tax relief.”

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