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Pheasants Forever To Host General CRP Sign-Up Events

December 10, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever, along with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Farm Service Agency, will host 56 Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general sign-up informational meetings for landowners during the upcoming sign-up period. The CRP general sign-up will be held Dec. 1, 2015 through Feb. 26, 2016.
CRP remains the gold standard program for creating upland habitat for pheasants, quail and other wildlife in Nebraska. In addition to wildlife habitat, CRP provides landowners with many benefits.
“CRP continues to evolve. With competitive rental rates, the ability to enroll partial fields and haying and grazing options for management, landowners will want to attend a local meeting and learn how voluntary conservation programs can work to increase farm and ranch income,” says Kelsi Wehrman, Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever’s state coordinator in Nebraska. Landowners are encouraged to RSVP for an event by contacting their local USDA Service Center or their local Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever Farm Bill wildlife biologist.
CRP general sign-up information meetings will focus on eligibility and the CRP sign-up process, as well as updates to CRP mid-contract management. Presentations will also cover various CRP practices, updated rental rates, and public access / additional incentive opportunities.
CRP informational meetings for area counties are:
County     Date     Time             Location/Address
Antelope     1/14     7 p.m - 9 p.m. CST     UNL Extension Service (501 Main St., Suite 98) in Neligh
Boone     1/5     7 p.m. - 9 p.m. CST     Cornerstone Bank (240 S 3rd St.) in Albion
Cedar     1/7     12 p.m. - 2 p.m. CST     Auditorium (101 N. Broadway) in Hartington
Holt     1/6     3 p.m. - 5 p.m. CST     UNL Extension Service (128 N. 6th St. Suite 100) in O’Neill
Knox     1/13     10 a.m. - 12 p.m. CST     Community Center (101 S. Broadway) in Bloomfield
Madison     1/5     12 p.m. - 3 p.m. CST     Lifelong Learning Center (801 E. Benjamin Ave.) in Norfolk
Valley     1/21     5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. CST     Lower Loup NRD (2620 Airport Dr.) in Ord
Wheeler     1/12     3 p.m. - 5 p.m. CST     Fairgrounds in Bartlett
The CRP informational meetings are made possible through funding from the Nebraska Environmental Trust.

Mobile Food Pantry In Neligh Tuesday

December 10, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

The mobile food pantry, sponsored by various churches in Antelope County, will be dispersing food on Tuesday, Dec. 15, from 4:30 - 6 p.m. at the American Legion Club in Neligh. 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, recipients picking up food will not be allowed in the building until 4 p.m. Please, note the change in time for the winter hours and remember to bring your own boxes.

Elgin Public School To Host Book Fair

December 10, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

A Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Elgin Public School next week. All are invited to be a part of the Book Fair Family Event. It is taking place on Dec. 17 at 3:45 p.m. til 7:30 p.m. and then it will re-open after the Christmas Concert.
The Book Fair will be in the lunchroom in the Gym building.  One can shop the books for your entire family! However if for some reason you can’t make it or you want to continue shopping from an expanded selection, you can now visit the Fair online – http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/

Tickets Still Available For Petersburg Christmas Supper

December 10, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

The annual Christmas Supper and Entertainment extravaganza is rapidly approaching.
Sponsored by the Petersburg Community Club, the event will be held Monday night, Dec. 21, at Werner Hall.
Tickets are on sale at Great Plains State Bank in Petersburg. Only 300 tickets will be sold for the event.
The evening will begin with a social hour at 6 p.m. with dinner to follow at 7 p.m. with special entertainment to follow. Performing this year will be nationally known comedian Rex Havens. He is known for providing family-friendly entertainment for people of all ages.
A former college professor, having taught law and business, Havens once worked as an attorney for a Fortune 500 company. He has been a comedian since 1991.

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.

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