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Property tax drive loses sponsor, still moving forward

Posted at 9:51 AM, May 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-21 10:51:15-04

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A petition drive intended to lower the tax burden on Nebraska property owners has lost one of its high-profile sponsors but is still moving forward.

Paul Von Behren, president of the TRUE Nebraskans ballot campaign, confirmed Monday that Doug Kagan, of Omaha, has withdrawn as a petition sponsor. Kagan is the president of Nebraska Taxpayers for Freedom, a group that advocates for lower taxes and government spending cuts.

Von Behren says the separation happened because of a disagreement over the group's leadership. He says the campaign has gained momentum since Kagan left and is still gathering signatures to place the issue on the 2020 ballot.

The ballot measure would guarantee taxpayers a refund equal to 35 percent of their local property tax payments.