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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.

Elgin Voters Approve Swimming Pool Bond, Tax

November 11, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

The unofficial vote count. Photo submitted to The Elgin Review

The unofficial vote count. Photo submitted to The Elgin Review

Just under 200 people cast their vote on Tuesday and gave an overwhelming “thumbs up” to the City’s effort to renovate the current public swimming pool.

Residents were asked to approve or reject the following:
“Shall the City of Elgin, Nebraska, borrow money and pledge the property and credit of the City upon its negotiable bonds in the principal amount of not to exceed Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($500,000) for the purpose of paying the costs of improvements required for the renovation of the existing swimming pool of the City of Elgin, Nebraska; said bonds to be dated and become due and payable, both principal and interest, on such date or dates as may be fixed by the Mayor and Council of the City at the time of their issuance and to bear interest at such rate or rates as shall be determined by the Mayor and Council of the City of Elgin; and
“Shall the City cause to be levied and collected annually, if needed, a special levy of taxes on the taxable value of all the taxable property in the City, in addition to available sales taxes and all other taxes, in an amount sufficient to pay the principal of and interest on said bonds as such principal and interest become due?”
UNOFFICIAL RESULTS:  167 voted FOR said bonds and tax.   9 voted AGAINST said bonds and tax.
Since the majority of the votes cast were  in favor of such bonds and tax, the Mayor and Council of the City may now  “issue such bonds and to impose a tax upon all of the taxable property in the City sufficient to pay the interest on and principal of such bonds as the same shall fall due”.

Just last month, the Elgin Community Foundation received a large donation designed to be used for improvements at the park/pool. The remaining funds will be solicited from the general public.

Following the 2016 pool season, work will begin on the pool and adjoining bath house. The work is expected to be completed in time for the pool’s opening in 2017.

Community Performance Of EPS One-Act Play Is Sunday Night

November 11, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

The public is invited and encouraged to attend a public performance of the Elgin High School One-Act “Superheroes: With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility” by Ian McWethy.
The public performance will be held on Sunday, November 15 beginning at 7 pm in the EPS gymnasium.
On Tuesday, they will compete at the NVC One-Act Play Competition. The One-Acts team is under the direction of Amy Klein with Wes Prater assisting.

County Zoning Rules Explained

November 11, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

On June 1, 1999 Antelope County adopted a comprehensive plan and zoning regulations. This means that landowners outside the corporate limits of the cities and villages in Antelope County with the exception of Tilden are affected by the zoning regulations. Tilden is zoned by Madison County and they have a one mile extra territorial jurisdiction into Antelope County.
According to Antelope County Zoning Admini-strator Char Carpenter, zoning is defined as “a regulation that divides land within the jurisdiction into districts in order to 1) specify permitted, conditional or special uses allowed in that district; 2) specify height of building setback and lot sizes; and 3) specify other accessory uses such as signs, parking and buildings.” Zoning was also developed to “protect the health, safety and welfare of the community. This is achieved by separating land uses into compatible groups and providing for development standards that preserve and protect the tax base.”
In Antelope County this means that if you want to build on your land you need to check in with the zoning office to obtain the proper permit. This includes houses, grain bins, machine sheds, CAFO’s, and other such structures.  All of Antelope County is zoned agriculture. A zoning permit for a house requires at least 3 acres and grain bins, machine sheds, etc require at least 20 acres. Any questions should be directed to the zoning office.  All permits are online at the county’s website and are available at the zoning office.  All permits also require a building permit from the Assessor’s office. The county zoning office is open on Monday’s and Thursday’ from 9 a.m. to 4 p,m. and the phone number is 402-887-4248.
Permits are also accessible online at the county’s website antelopecounty.nebraska.gov/countyoffices/zoningadministrator

Mobile Food Pantry In Neligh Tuesday

November 11, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

The mobile food pantry, sponsored by various churches in Antelope County, will be dispersing food on Tuesday, Nov. 17, from 5-6 p.m., at the American Legion Club in Neligh.
According to organizers, the goal is to provide free food to those whose needs are great and resources are limited without being restricted by income guidelines.
Due to liability reasons, public recipients will not be allowed in the building until 4 p.m.

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