Here’s the story from this point:
· Ben Nelson bought property in Sarpy County to be used as a hunting retreat.
· Nelson applied for Greenbelt consideration, KNOWING the land was not for agricultural purposes.
· Under Nebraska law, in order to receive Greenbelt consideration, the land must be used for agricultural or horticultural purposes.
· Nelson’s spokesperson said the land was NOT for agricultural purposes, but for hunting.
So why doesn’t Nelson pay his share of the back taxes NOW?
Instead, Nelson says, “he was willing to pay the full tax if the designation is found to be in error.” (Emphasis added.) (Nelson calls land’s status news to him – OWH – 8/7/06)
Ben Nelson doesn’t need the County Assessor to tell him he’s wrong here. The State Statute is crystal clear. He should send a check to the Sarpy County Assessor, TODAY and personally revoke the Greenbelt consideration.
Update and Correction, 8/7/06:
Nelson’s spokesperson did not say the land would be used for hunting. She said something about having “a place where the senator can go and have the land in its natural state.” We here at Leavenworth Street take that to mean,” having a place to blow away turkeys. ” But we’ll accept her at her word that the primary use of the land is not for ag use.