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Nebraska to increase notices for delinquent property taxes

March 28, 2019

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Landowners whose property taxes are delinquent will get additional notifications that they need to pay under a new Nebraska state law.

The governor’s office said Thursday that Gov. Pete Ricketts has signed it into law.

The measure was introduced following a Nebraska Supreme Court case involving an elderly widow who lost her family’s longtime farm because of unpaid taxes.

An investment company acquired the $1.1 million property after paying $50,000 in back taxes and interest, even though the widow’s doctor testified she was in cognitive decline. Family members say she had the money to pay the taxes but wasn’t aware she owed it.

Lawmakers say they’ve heard from constituents who fell into similar situations in different parts of the state.

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