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Extended TIF repayment bill advances

A bill that would implement the provisions of a constitutional amendment approved by Nebraska voters last November advanced from general file Feb. 16.

Sen. Justin Wayne
Sen. Justin Wayne

LB25, introduced by Omaha Sen. Justin Wayne, would extend the repayment period of tax-increment financing from 15 years to 20 if more than one half of the land in a project is designated as extremely blighted.

Wayne said several commercial developers have expressed interest in using the extended payback period on projects in Omaha since voters approved the constitutional change.

“In Omaha, Lincoln and a handful of other Nebraska communities, there are pockets of the city that undoubtedly meet the current definition of substandard and blighted for purposes of TIF but struggle to attract developers,” Wayne said. “By allowing for a longer TIF repayment period in these areas that we deem extremely blighted, LB25 would help incentivize the use of TIF where it is sorely needed.”

Sen. Mike Groene of North Platte supported the bill, saying it would prohibit abuse of TIF funding.

“Maybe finally, finally we’ll have some TIF done where it’s supposed to be done — not for economic development but to help the blighted and substandard areas.”

Lawmakers advanced LB25 to select file on a 39-0 vote.

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