Ben Nelson is wasting your tax dollars.
Nelson admitted last week that the primary use for his Sarpy County hunting retreat is not agricultural. He later said, he didn’t know anything about the Greenbelt designation that gave him up to a $4,000 tax break for each of the last seven years, after he signed two separate documents stating that the land was for agricultural use. But he followed up by saying he would pay IF the Sarpy County Assessor found that it didn’t have an agricultural use. IF!
Here’s our question: Why wait for the Assessor, Senator?
You know that it’s not for agricultural use. You know that you owe the money. But instead of telling the Assessor that the check is in the mail, you have the Assessor driving around wasting tax dollars.
Nelson made Sarpy County Assessor Dan Pittman drive out to Nelson’s property, in a County vehicle, with gas burning at three bucks a gallon, only to have him stand outside Nelson’s giant “N” gate, because Pittman couldn’t get inside to take a look at the land. (Senator Loses Tax Break – KMTV – 8/7/06.)
Sarpy Co. Assessor wastes his time at Nelson’s hunting retreat
Pittman finally made a decision, went back to his office and took the time to write a letter to Nelson (we’ll assume that included the money for stationery, stamp and the time for an assistant to put it all together an mail it) informing Nelson of what we’ve ALL known – you, me, Nelson, Nelson’s Senate staff, Nelson’s campaign staff – that the land is NOT Greenbelt land. And now Pittman has to wait for Nelson’s response. (Tax reduction for Nelson could be reversed – OWH – 8/8/06.)
What’s the hold up here, and why is this even happening? Nelson was wrong and owes the money. At this point, we don’t even have an apology. And the County Assessor is traipsing all over the county, meeting with reporters, taking calls, when none of this should be happening.
Is this good government? Is this what we expect from our elected officials?
How much more money are you going to take from Sarpy County, Senator Nelson?
(And on a separate note: If it had been Pete Ricketts who pulled a stunt like this, Nelson and his Democrat henchmen would be out with ads from Dr. Seuss, Dora the Explorer and Clifford the Big Red Dog by now. Just to add a little perspective.)