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Tax increase needed to support Nebraska immigration ordinance

August 19, 2010


— City officials in Fremont, Neb., have said a property tax increase will be needed to cover the cost of defending its immigration ordinance, which was written by and will be defended by Kris Kobach, the Republican candidate for secretary of state in Kansas.

Kobach is also an attorney who has helped write laws and ordinances in several states and cities, including Fremont, aimed at stopping illegal immigration.

In preparation for the city’s fiscal year, which starts Oct. 1, Fremont’s city administrator recommended budgeting $750,000 for defense of the ordinance. This estimate was developed with input from Kobach, the city said in a news release.

The release states, “The city has re-searched the experiences of other communities defending similar ordinances including Farmers Branch, Texas and Hazleton, Pennsylvania. While Kris Kobach, the attorney representing the City of Fremont, has agreed to represent the city at reduced cost, the city anticipates other substantial costs relating to the lawsuit(s). Excluding plaintiff’s fees, costs have averaged around $800,000 per year in Farmers Branch, and $1,250,000 per year in Hazleton.

“Both cities use Kris Kobach as their attorney, also at reduced costs.”

To come up with the money, the city says it will need to increase the overall property tax rate by about 5.8 mills. That would mean an average tax increase of $116 per year on a $200,000 home. Fremont has about 25,000 people and is about 30 miles northwest of Omaha.

Fremont’s ordinance would require renters to obtain an occupancy license and businesses use the federal E-Verify system. The measure was approved by city voters but is currently held up by two lawsuits in federal court.

The city’s news release also states, “Additional costs the City is planning for include fees to Kris Kobach including travel, lodging, and outside assistance as needed; depositions, document redaction, expert witnesses, and discovery costs; ancillary lawsuits and potential plaintiffs’ fees; and technology, personnel, and other related costs.”

Kobach has been under fire from some of his critics who have said he will spend too much time on litigation in these immigration appeals to be a full-time secretary of state. But Kobach has said he will work on these matters on his own time.

Kobach faces current Secretary of State Chris Biggs, a Democrat, in the November election.


texburgh 7 years, 8 months ago

Kobach repeatedly drafts ordinances that are so constitutionally shaky that they cost municipalities millions of dollars in legal fees. These municipalities then have to raise taxes to pay Kobach to represent them in court. Kobach is a scam artist of surprising skill. This constitutional law professor was unable to read and understand federal election law when he was chair of the Kansas Republican Party and so far has been unable to craft an immigration ordinance that cannot be challenged on constitutional grounds. But he is really good at writing things that will keep him rolling in dough! And in duping unsuspecting voters into raising their own taxes to pay him.

situveux1 7 years, 8 months ago

I'm curious why a $200,000 home was used here instead of a $100,00 home? I've never seen that value used before, I certainly didn't see it used by the LJW when talking about local property tax increases. Are you using a high value to try & overstate the tax increase?

Bob_Keeshan 7 years, 8 months ago

One would assume that information comes directly from Nebraska. Why don't you fly up there in your black helicopter and see for yourself?

bad_dog 7 years, 8 months ago

Perhaps you could divide by two?

I believe the LJW used the same $200,000 example with regard to the proposed Douglas County personal property tax increases.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 8 months ago

Illegal immigration been berry, berry good for Krees.

John Pearson 7 years, 8 months ago

Just how much will KKKobach's ideas cost the state of Kansas if he is elected?

Verdad 7 years, 8 months ago

Less than Lawrence's legal fight with Walmart.

skull 7 years, 8 months ago

One doesn't have to be illegal to get paid in cash. Rich American "patriots" cheat on their taxes all the time.

Bob_Keeshan 7 years, 8 months ago

Yes, employers who pay their employees as "independent contractors" are killing "Joe Legal."

Wait, let me guess - you put all the blame on Joe Illegal, right?

This is an excellent post because it demonstrates where the problem lies - with the EMPLOYERS, not with the employees.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 8 months ago

"Yes this is a cut and paste because if it weren't so true it would be funny!"

Actually, like most of this kind of wackosphere tripe, it doesn't hold up to any sort of honest scrutiny.

But if it did, it wouldn't be wackosphere tripe, would it?

puddleglum 7 years, 8 months ago

you are both right... I say eliminate both the tax evading illegals and deport anyone who is employing them (after you confiscate all their property)

easyliving 7 years, 8 months ago

Consumer1- You knocked me off the fence, nice hit.

I can see it now..... FPPU#303 (Fresh Produce Pickers Union #303)

werekoala 7 years, 8 months ago

Just goes to show that these anti-tax "conservatives" are anything but, when it's THEIR ox getting gored...

Just like all the numbnuts came out of the woodwork to raise millions of dollars in tax revenue to renovate stadiums for private sports teams, but get their undies in a bunch if anyone should dare suggest raising 1/10th that amount to give health care to children.

They don't hate taxes; they hate taxes being spent on other people. Kobach should run for office in Nebraska, not Kansas, since he'll be needing to spend most of his time up there anyway.

Brad Avery 7 years, 8 months ago

Nebraska leaves the Big 12 and lets Kobach write their laws. What more needs to be said about the quality of their administrative judgments?

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