Natural resources districts across Nebraska likely will be able to levy per-acre taxes on irrigated farmland.
Lawmakers on Thursday gave final-round approval to a bill (LB862) supporters say will help tackle the issue of how to pay for solutions to some of the Nebraska's water problems. Now the bill goes to Gov. Dave Heineman for approval.
The bill would allow districts that have developed water-management plans with the state -- called integrated management plans -- to levy the tax now confined to the Republican River basin.
The Lancaster County District Court recently upheld the tax. Some had argued it was unconstitutional because it could only be used in that basin.