Landowner seeks property tax relief

A Lincoln County landowner seeks property tax relief under LB 512 at the Lincoln County Commissioners meeting Monday. (Source: Beatriz Reyna/KNOP-TV)

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. KNOP-TV A Lincoln County landowner seeks property tax relief under Legislative Bill 512.

Jim Buss owns land near the intersection of North Miller and Platte Valley Road. He says 125 acres of his has been underwater since the bomb cyclone and the heavy rains this past spring have only made it worse to the point where he can't farm it.

He's seeking guidance from LB 512 that gives tax breaks to landowners who have been impacted by the historic floods and storms.

"When you take into consideration damage to property, it has to be damage to the improvements or damage to the land itself, we can't take into consideration the damage to the crops," said Lincoln County Assessor Julie Stenger.

"There are a lot of properties, my own included, that were under water that aren't normally underwater, but just due to the fact that it was fairly static for the lack of a better phrase, once that water does go down, the soil is still in tact and production can resume," said Lincoln County District Two Commissioner Kent Weems.

The county board and the assessor's office concluded the request didn't meet the criteria, therefore there will be no change to the evaluation.

The property is valued at $376,346.