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Tax break dispute raises old question for Nebraska lawmakers

A dispute over taxes is drawing new attention to an old question Nebraska lawmakers have to answer every year: Who gets a break, and who has to pay?

The issue surfaced last week as lawmakers debated sales tax exemptions for zoos and an $800,000 property tax break for the Woodmen of the World Insurance Society, a prominent insurance firm in downtown Omaha.

Critics say the exemptions deprive state and local governments of revenue and force other Nebraska taxpayers to make up the difference.

Sen. Mike Gloor, chairman of the Revenue Committee, says more than half of the 92 bills the committee heard this session involved some form of tax break, but few were sent to the floor. Gloor says the public doesn't realize how many requests senators get every year.

 

Valentine City Council Meeting April 9th

The Valentine City Council met Thursday evening for their regular monthly meeting. Mostly routine matters were handled and a short agenda was presented before the Council.

The Council did approve the painting of the heart at First and Main Street, and appointed Bernie Eklund to the Economic Development Loan Committee to replace Morris Johnson.

The Council rejected the bids for the cemetery mowing, citing a need for added criteria to the bid process.

The Council concluded the meeting by approving free dump days on April 17th through the 19th.

 

Cody-Kilgore Pre-Kindergarten/Kindergarten Round-up

On Thursday, April 16, the Cody-Kilgore Public Schools will hold a Pre-Kindergarten/Kindergarten Round-up for parents and prospective students from 8:00-9:00 A.M. Mountain Time at the Elementary School in Kilgore.

In order for a child to attend Pre-Kindergarten, they must be four on or before July 31, 2015 and a Kindergartner must be five on or before July 31, 2015.  If you have any questions please contact the elementary school at 402-966-2291.

   

Eileen Beman honored for 70 years of continuous membership

The Springview American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary met on March 26, 2015. Their special guest was Eileen Beman, formerly of Springview, now of Valentine, NE. As a longtime member of the American Legion, Eileen was presented with her 70 year continuous membership certificate by the Legion Post. The American Legion Auxiliary presented Eileen with a gift certificate to the Coach Light Cafe in Valentine to help celebrate the occasion.

-From Midland News

 

Boys State Citizens Named

Ethan Osnes, son of Mary Ellen and Aaron Osnes, along with Braxton Coleman, son of Kari and Tim Gaswick and Dallas Fowler, have been selected by Leo Brinda Post 90 and the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 90 as Valentine High School representatives.

They'll join nearly 400 other high school juniors from across Nebraska who will participate in the American Legion Cornhusker Boys State, May 31st through June 6th, 2015, at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln downtown campus.

The annual citizenship program, sponsored by the Nebraska American Legion, is designed to provide youth with a better understanding of how city, county and state governments operate.

American Legion Cornhusker Boys State is set up as a functional "51st state" and each student learns how government subdivisions operate by actually doing the job.

Participants will campaign for offices, hold elections, take part in band and chorus, compete in athletics, and be involved in other various activities as part of the citizenship training program. They will set up their own state government and draft bills.

Special lectures and addresses will be delivered by experienced public officials and professional leaders, including Governor Pete Ricketts and Supreme Court Chief Justice John M. Gerrard. National acclaimed motivational speaker Dr. JoAnn Owens-Nauslar is also scheduled to address the group.

Congratulations to these two young men from the Valentine American Legion Family.

-Article from Midland News

   

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