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Credit Available For Those Filing Personal Property Returns Before May 1

November 18, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

(From The Neligh News & Leader)

Taxpayers in Antelope County, filing personal property returns before May 1, 2016, will receive a credit of $10,000 per district in which the property is located, at least 50 percent of the calendar year.

Those having personal property in more than one tax district, must file a separate return for each district in which the property is located, in order to receive the credit for each district.

Antelope County Assessor Kelly Mueller recently mailed informational letters to taxpayers, informing of recently passed legislation regarding the Personal Property Tax Relief Act.

The Act is effective Jan. 1, 2016 and provides an exemption for the first $10,000 of tangible personal property value for each tax district in which a personal property return is filed.

The Act also provides a reimbursement mechanism for any taxes lost by the county and political subdivisions as a result of the exemption.

Mueller said returns must be filed before May 1 or the exemption will be forfeited and penalties will be applied. A current depreciation schedule is required when filing.

The county assessor will apply an exemption of up to $10,000 to each return timely filed, per district.

Failure to report tangible personal property on the personal property return will result in a forfeiture of the exemption for any personal property not timely reported for that year.

Mueller stressed the importance of taxpayers filing only one tax return per tax district.

If multiple tax returns are filed in the same tax district by the same taxpayer, the filed personal property returns will be combined on the personal property tax rolls and the $10,000 exemption will only be granted once.

Some taxpayers may claim an exemption under the Beginning Farmer Tax Credit Act, Employment and Investment Growth Act or the Nebraska Advantage Act.

The $10,000 exemption will be applied prior to granting exemptions for beginning farmers or the incentives acts.

Taxpayers are asked to consult with Mueller regarding these types of special circumstances.

On or before July 20 of each year, Mueller will electronically file a personal property abstract with the property tax administrator.

All personal property submitted by Mueller to the state, must reflect the total value and the total exempt value of all timely filed personal property returns.

Any personal property value and personal property exemptions added after July 20 could result in recertifications of value and tax list corrections.

On or before November 30 of each year, Mueller and County Treasurer Deb Branstiter will certify to the tax commissioner the total tax revenue that will be lost to all taxing subdivisions within the county due to the exemptions provided by the Act.

Reimbursement of Locally Assessed Personal Property Tax Loss

On or before January 1 of each year, the Tax Commissioner will certify the tax loss claimed from the locally assessed personal property exemption in each county to the director of administrative services.

The director will issue warrants against the funds available for reimbursement for Antelope County in two approximately equal installments on the last business days of February and June.

From the amount received, Branstiter will deposit one percent into the county’s general fund, and will distribute to each of the taxing subdivisions in the county, the amount of tax lost by each subdivision, reduced by the one percent that was deposited into the county’s general fund.

Nonpayment of personal property taxes by a taxpayer does not affect the reimbursement claim or state monies paid for the tax loss reimbursement.

EBB “Santas” Deliver Donation Towards Swimming Pool

November 18, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

bargain-box-pool-donation-elgin-review-2015_2632-3-col-bwThe Elgin swimming pool renovation project received a significant boost last week. Not only did Elgin voters approve the bond and special levy of taxes last Tuesday, but Elgin’s Bargain Box officially contributed a significant amount to the project.
Bargain Box co-founders Linda Kerkman and Phyllis Camp presented a check totaling $5,000 to swimming pool committee member Michael Moser last week. According to Kerkman, the pool renovation is one example of the type of projects that benefit many beyond the community. “Our youth are the future. The pool provides entertainment, teaches swimming and brings business to our community,” she said.
Kerkman went on to explain the past, current and future projects that the Bargain Box hopes to contribute to.
It’s time again to report on all the good things we have been able to accomplish with the help of so many. Altogether, $32,788.95 has gone back into Elgin and surrounding communities; $26,348.66 since the first of the year! These totals are something which we all can be proud of.
Our largest donation has been the $5,000 donation to the Elgin pool fund.  Elgin Bargain Box has made contributions to 24 medical benefits since the first of the year. Both Antelope and Boone County food banks received regular monthly donations; $500 is given now before the holidays to purchase hams and turkeys for the clientele. Our Community Center has been added to our regular monthly donations. We have contributed to six area fire departments and rescue units.
Other entities receiving money have been Norfolk Veterans Home, Red Cross, Orphan Grain Train, Mercy Meals, homeless shelters, the bloodmobile, 4-H, Neligh Lions, Bright Horizons, Mobile Food Pantry (Albion and Neligh), Faith Regional Hope Fund, Elgin Koed Group (EKG) for the Halloween Party, postage for boxes to send to needy children, libraries and various school activities.
We continue to need items to sell; please, we ask that the items be clean.  The items should be ready to put out on the shelves.
Our biggest need is for volunteers willing to help so that one of us does not have to be there every day. Store hours are 10-5 Tuesday through Friday and 10-1 on Saturday.  If there is a need, please call one of us and arrangements could be made.
We would like to express our appreciation to Tami Schrage for the new windows and lighting and the men who installed them.  We have also received a donation from Thrivent Financial which we used for the storage shelving. And, to our current volunteers for their faithfulness in giving of their time and energy. Blessings on all those who purchase and those who donate. Together we make a great team for the good of so many!
We want to take this time to remind everyone, especially as the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays are nearing, that if you know of someone who is in need to please contact the Elgin Bargain Box. Our mission is to help those who need help.
If you have further questions on how you can assist them or know someone who needs assistance, contact Linda Kerkman at 402-843-8524, Carol Eischeid at 402-843-6363 or Phyllis Camp at 402-843-8074.

©The Elgin Review

Final Football “Pride of the Pack-Athletes of the Week” for 2015

November 18, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Andrew Fangman and Kyle Kallhoff

Andrew Fangman and Kyle Kallhoff

The Elgin Review’s final football Pride of the Pack-Athletes of the Week have been chosen. Rounding out the season are seniors Andrew Fangman and Kyle Kallhoff. Both athletes were close in the tallies of their stats for the final game of their high school career.

Andrew had 36 runs for 148 yards and 2 receptions for 29 yards. Defensively, he had 7 tackles in the game.

Kyle was 9/55 yards in rushing and 7/107 in receiving yards. On the defensive end of the ball, Kyle had 6 tackles.

While the season ended earlier that many hoped for and expected, what a great year the team had. Thanks to each and every Wolfpack football player for all your hard work in practice and on the field at games.

This week’s players were sponsored by Jonny Dodge Chrysler Jeep of Neligh.

Parks, Selting Earn All-NVC First Team Honors

November 17, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

eppj-wolfpack-logoThe Niobrara Valley Conference volleyball coaches announced their selections for all-conference teams this week.
Named to the first team from EPPJ were senior Jenna Parks and junior Liz Selting.
Earning second team honors were juniors Jordan Mescher and Baylee Wemhoff.
Receiving honorable mention were seniors Terri Seier and Nicole Beckman.
The selections were announced Tuesday.
NVC All-Conference Volleyball Teams
1ST TEAM (name, grade, school)

Sydney Hupp-12 St. Mary’s
Riley Sibbel-12 St. Mary’s
Taylor Colman-11 St. Mary’s
Jaden Schafer-12 Stuart
Monique Schafer-12 Stuart
Hailey Paxton-12 Stuart
Harlee Fischer-11 Stuart
Liz Selting-11 EPPJ
Jenna Parks-12 EPPJ
Jacie Laetsch-11 CWC
Tami Jo Marcellus-12 CWC
Mallory Cooper-12 Clearwater-Orchard


Emily Pongratz-12 St. Mary’s
Tracy Chvala-12 St. Mary’s
Dawn Klabenes-12 CWC
Brittany Eisenhauer-12 Niobrara-Verdigre
Baylee Wemhoff-11 EPPJ
Jordan Mescher-11 EPPJ
Samantha Funk-12 Ewing
Jaycee Fleming-11 North Central
Alison Stracke-11 Stuart
Katie Funk-12 Clearwater-Orchard
Alyssa Rood-11 Elkhorn Valley
Ranee Keehn-12 Elkhorn Valley

Honorable Mention
Molly Lambert-12 CWC
Amber Miller-9 Elkhorn Valley
Logan Connot-12 St. Mary’s
Logan Jensen-12 Elkhorn Valley
Hattie Bloomenstock-11 St. Mary’s
Tori Wendell-11 Boyd Co.
Kelsey Green-12 Neligh-Oakdale
Hollie Engelhaupt-12 Boyd Co.
Peyton Alder-10 Stuart
Rebecca Hiatt-11 Boyd Co.
Kinsley Klabenes-11 Neligh-Oakdale
Allison Sedivy-12 Boyd Co.
Danae Smith-12 Neligh-Oakdale
Kinzly Macke-11 Clearwater-Orchard
Bailey Krause-10 West Holt
JoCee Johnston-9 Clearwater-Orchard
Jessie Mohnsen-12 West Holt
Kylie Thiele-11 Clearwater-Orchard
Sierra Hansen-12 West Holt
Sidney Tuttle-12 Ewing
Rhylee Josnson-9 Santee
Brianna Fry-11 Ewing
TeShay Cournoyer-12 Santee
Jodi Fry-11 Ewing
Jentrie Mauer-12 North Central
Terri Sier-12 EPPJ
Ashley Guenther-11 Niorbrara-Verdigre
Nicole Beckman-12 EPPJ

Post-Paris, Where Will We Go From Here?

November 14, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

lynellmorganwalletLynell Morgan


It’s the morning after the Paris terrorist attacks and so many thoughts are running through my mind.

The fear that those innocent murder victims felt up to their last moment is the first thought. One can only hope that most of them went so quickly that they didn’t have time to process that fear, didn’t know what was happening.

Yes, it is murder plain and simple. Various people will call it various names, try to repackage it and place a bow on it but no matter what they do, it can never be made pretty. It is murder.

Each time an ISIS attack occurs anywhere, I pause and I hope you do too. As a practicing Christian, in my case a Roman Catholic, I realize that all of us could face a decision in our lifetime that I always considered just an interesting yet powerful line in the Bible.

Yes, we practice our faith in our churches and the majority of us try our best to practice our faith in our daily lives.  Think about those Christians who have been beheaded by ISIS. Could we follow through on this, are we strong enough in our faith should we find ourselves kneeling on a beach with a not-so-sharp sword held over our head? I never thought I would live to see that day that I could be tortured and murdered simply because of my faith.

Surprisingly, I’m not writing this about religion - at least not religion in terms of spiritual faith or a church. I will let the priests, pastors, rabbis and other church leaders address the religious aspects of this escalating violence.

Earlier this week, I became disgusted and furious — yes FURIOUS — with a group of journalist-in-training in Missouri. They, along with at least one instructor, harassed a working journalist/photographer who was covering their on-campus protest about the alleged racism on the University of Missouri campus in Columbia. In a Cliff’s Notes version: a couple of racists acts were alleged to have happened, many felt the university president did not respond appropriately, players from their football team said they wouldn’t play until the president was gone, the president resigned. Period.

What they did to the photographer was claim he could not cover their event and tried to bully him away. The instructor was perhaps the most out of line. You can view the whole incident on youtube.

Excuse me????  A protest on a public campus. The photographer was simply shooting images.  The students and instructor came to him looking for a fight. Their ignorance in the role of journalists and public/social events is discouraging. Even a freshman journalism major knows about the 1st Amendment — freedom of speech.  Even a freshman journalism major knows about gathering in public and how it is considered a public event — open to everyone including the press. The day after the incident, the student body president went on the record saying that she is “tired of the 1st Amendment.” She doesn’t feel safe when people can say or do things she doesn’t agree with.  Wow.  How much does college cost mothers and fathers?  Is this what students are learning for all that money?  Have they adopted a religion of “only-what-makes-me-happy”?

This morning, what the twits did in Columbia takes on a new light.

They say freedom of speech should be reconsidered or at least re-defined. We are seeing world-wide terrorism that is being coordinated through social media. The same media that they (the college students) use to do their protests. The same media I am using here.

If you remember the 90s movie Independence Day, the alien ships (sleeper cells) hovered over major cities waiting to receive their orders about when to attack earth through coded messages (social media/internet) coming from the Mother Ship (ISIS).

You don’t have to be rocket scientist to know that our days of using the Internet without much regulation are coming to an end sometime in the future. In February, 2015 the FCC voted to “regulate broadband Internet service as a public utility, a milestone in regulating high-speed Internet service into American homes. Tom Wheeler, the commission chairman, said the FCC was using ‘all the tools in our toolbox to protect innovators and consumers’ and preserve the Internet’s role as a “core of free expression and democratic principles.”

So will the government also become “tired of the 1st Amendment” or more likely become fearful of more coordination of attacks using the Internet? Will protection of the citizens outweigh your right to google “what was the name of Will Smith’s character in Independence Day?” without your searches being filtered and searched? It will be interesting to see what gets cracked down on and what doesn’t.

We now live in interesting times. We now live in scary times.

My thoughts and prayers to all in Paris and to mankind itself.

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