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Omaha's City Council recently passed Nebraska's first Property Assessed Clean Energy Act ("PACE") ordinance.  The ordinance will allow commercial property owners to finance energy-efficiency and water-conservation improvements through special assessments.  Omaha City Council member Aimee Melton led this effort. To qualify for PACE financing, a property owner must file with the...
The Nebraska Legislature adjourned sine die on May 23, 2017.  The Legislature considered 667 bills, enacted 173, and enacted 67 additional bills via amendments to other bills.  Highlights of the session included significant debate on various budget cuts to close the projected $1 billion budget gap and a variety of proposals...
On April 27, 2017, Governor Ricketts signed into law Legislative Bill 535, which authorizes the use of digital or electronic signature on instruments recorded by the register of deeds under Nebraska Revised Statutes section 25-1503.01.  Although the new law should make the execution of recordable instruments more efficient, questions regarding its...
The Nebraska Legislature has twelve legislative days left in the 2017 session. This week, the Legislature will finalize the biennial budget in an effort to close the projected $900 million shortfall.  Also, the Legislature may again take up a measure to fund property tax, and potentially, income tax, relief (AM 1353...
The Nebraska Department of Revenue (the "Department") recently issued guidance on calculating eligible expenditures for earning state historic tax credits under the Nebraska Job Creation and Mainstreet Revitalization Act (the "Act").  The Act provides $15 million in tax credits annually for applicants rehabilitating historically significant property to offset Nebraska income tax,...

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