- Associated Press - Monday, January 5, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A new report by a think tank says Nebraskans in rural areas generally paid more in property and state income taxes in recent years than their urban counterparts.

The OpenSky Policy Institute said in a report released Monday that Nebraskans in regions with lots of agricultural land paid more on both a per-capita basis and as a share of their incomes.

Renee Fry, the group’s executive director, says income taxes are lower in some rural areas, but rural residents end up paying more when property and income taxes are combined.

The report says urban Nebraskans used to pay slightly more per person than rural Nebraskans, but that changed in 2007. In 2012, the latest year with available data, rural Nebraskans paid more than $1,000 more per person than urban residents.



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