Hastings residents will pay higher property taxes in 2013 than residents in all other first-class cities in the state but two.
Each year Norfolk city officials compile a survey of property tax rates for the state's 30 first-class cities. This year's survey compares 2012 municipal tax levies and shows the total consolidated levy for residents in each city, which includes levies for the city, county, school districts and other local subdivisions.
The overall tax rate in Hastings for 2012 is $2.34 per $100 of valuation, or $2,341 on a $100,000 property. That's the third highest total levy of all the first-class cities. Last year, Hastings had the highest total levy.
Plattsmouth has the highest, followed by Sidney and Hastings, which are virtually tied. La Vista and Ralston join those three cities as the five highest tax rates. York had the lowest total tax rate at $1,818 on a $100,000 property — the fifth straight year York has had the lowest consolidated property tax levy.
Hastings City Administrator Joe Patterson said it can be misleading to only look at the composite levy rate for the city.