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Sept. 29, 2014LINCOLN, Neb. |  By: AP

Nebraska's Governor Candidates Promise Property Tax Action

Nebraska's candidates for governor are both promising to lower property taxes if elected, but they are offering different approaches.

Republican Pete Ricketts and Democrat Chuck Hassebrook are trying to persuade voters that their approach would help reduce the tax, which has soared in rural counties even as commodity prices have fallen.

Ricketts unveiled a property tax plan earlier this month, and Hassebrook says his renewable energy platform would generate local tax revenue to offset what property owners have to pay.

Ricketts says reducing property taxes would be his top priority if elected. Hassebrook says property taxes are his top focus when it comes to taxes, but he'd like to see if most of the relief goes to owner-occupied farms and landowners who actually live in the state.