Just a reminder to all property owners in Antelope County.
According to Antelope County Treasurer Deb Branstiter, the second half of the 2014 real estate and personal property taxes will become delinquent on September 1. Interest will accrue on September 1. She reminds taxpayers to bring in their tax statements when paying taxes.
The same holds true for Wheeler and Boone County residents.
Vandalism over the weekend may have resulted in upwards to $200,000 in damage at a wind tower construction site.
Antelope County Sheriff Bob Moore said his department is investigating a vandalism incident which occurred at a Prairie Breeze II wind turbine site in the vicinity of the “Million Dollar Corner” area.
Moore said sometime late Saturday or early Sunday morning a person or persons fired up an excavator and rolled one of the wind turbine “tubes” down a slope, marring it up.
The tube was damaged, but the extent of the damage can’t be determined, Moore said, until the manufacturer comes out to the site to inspect it. He estimated damage to be over $100,000 and could be as much as $200,000 if it needs to be taken back to the factory for repairs.
As a result of the incident, Moore said Wanzek Construction, general contractor for Prairie Breeze II, has hired a security company to monitor wind turbine sites until construction is completed. “The security company will have a white pickup with a yellow flashing light on it working the area,” the sheriff said.
Anyone with information in connection with the vandalism should contact the Antelope County Sheriff’s Department at (402) 887-4148.
The end of August means one thing — the Rae Valley Old Timers Reunion. Members gather to renew acquaintances and celebrate with the public a simpler time on the farm.
Memories will become reality again this weekend as the 33rd Annual Nebraska State Antique Tractor & Horse Plowing Bee will be held near Petersburg.
Beginning Friday evening, Aug. 28 and concluding Sunday afternoon, Aug. 30, the three-day event will attract people from near and far.
Activities get underway Friday evening with the arrival of the Tractor Cade around 5:30 p.m.
Once the cade is completed, the annual “Cream Can Supper” will begin at 6 p.m.
Evening activites will conclude with an open barn dance starting at 8 p.m.
Saturday will start with an antique auction at 9 a.m.
Working events and plowing are scheduld to get underway at 11 a.m.
Noon marks the starting time for the “Good Old Time Antique Tractor Pull” and tractor games on the grounds.
Late in the afternoon (approximately 4 p.m.), the “Parade of Power” will begin.
Evening activities will include a steam engine spark show at dusk and an open barn dance (8 p.m.).
On Sunday morning, the barn loft will be the site for a non-denominational prayer service starting at 10 a.m.
Other morning activities will feature an antique tractor balance contest (timed event) at 10:30 a.m., working events/tractor games at 11 a.m.
Carson’s Cow Tipper Clown Alley #414 will be featured from noon to 2 p.m.
For the complete story, see the print edition of The Elgin Review
School District #18 here in Elgin has some of the best teachers and students and, in a couple of weeks could have one of the lowest levies of any school district in the state.
Valuation figures released last week by county assessors in Antelope, Wheeler and Boone Counties for District #18 have given Superintendent Dan Polk some big numbers to work with in preparation of the 2015-16 school budget.
The school district’s valuation was set at $722,761,812. That’s an increase of more than $99 million from one year ago. The numbers break down as follows:
Antelope County — $659,879,268
Wheeler County — $18,241,116
Boone County — $44,650,428
What’s all this mean? Polk responded by explaining how the numbers will affect budget preparation.
“I believe our valuation went up just a little under 16% as a district. ($623,172,472 to $722,761,812),” he said last week. “That coupled with the fact our board has been very conservative in their spending policies while at the same time progressively improving facilities, buildings and programs for kids…. has left the district in a great position.
“Due to the preceding factors, plus the name plate capacity tax from the wind tower projects, the best “actual” (not budgeted) cash on hand situation for the district in several years, and the increase in state aid (which is NOT equalization aid but due to option students and other factors); the District #18 Public School Levy looks to fall substantially for the fourth straight year from .48 in the general and .03 in the building for .51 total to into the 30’s.
“While there is still work to do on the budget, since the valuation numbers just came out, I continue to project not only a large drop in levy but also an actual reduction in the tax asking amount for the school to conduct it’s operations. In other words not only a 4th big drop in levy in a row BUT property owners should actually pay less in taxes next year than they did this year,
“Assuming the same amount of property… This is RARE, as we all know operating costs for anything rarely decrease but with an influx in several revenue factors, including conservative spending, more state aid and mostly name plate capacity tax from the wind towers, any increase will be absorbed and then some and not passed on to taxpayers this year. I’m also sure, should it come to actually be the case as I suggest, it will be welcomed by the taxpayers.”
August 21, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Donations are being accepted today at the Elgin KC Hall until 5 pm — walkins always welcome! Pictured: Elgin’s Ron Scholl takes time to check in and donate blood this morning. E-R photo
Benefits of Donating
- It feels great to donate!
- You get free juice and delicious Keebler® cookies.
- It’s something you can spare – most people have blood to spare… yet, there is still not enough to go around.
- You will help ensure blood is on the shelf when needed – most people don’t think they’ll ever need blood, but many do.
- You will be someone’s hero – in fact, you could help save more than one life with just one donation.