WAGNER, S.D. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a man accused of shooting another man in Wagner earlier this month.
The Charles Mix County Sheriff's Office says a SWAT team acting on a tip arrested 33-year-old Joseph Bruguier in Sioux Falls on Thursday afternoon. It was not immediately clear if he had attorney representation.
Authorities earlier had issued an arrest warrant for Bruguier, after a July 1 incident in which 22-year-old Donovan Patterson was shot in the stomach during an altercation on Wagner's Main Street that involved about half a dozen people.
Authorities said Patterson's injury was not life-threatening.
Lincoln – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts announced that his office sent a letter to President Barack Obama in support of the Keystone XL pipeline project. In his letter, the Governor urged the Obama Administration to issue a permit for the pipeline: “Like many other Nebraskans, I support the revised route and the construction of the pipeline; however, you alone have the power to approve this important infrastructure project that will bring good-paying jobs and much-needed tax revenue to Nebraska counties during construction and for years to come. Consequently, I urge you to issue a Presidential Permit for the Keystone XL pipeline.”
Landowners and supporters stand on the Holt County courthouse steps after a hearing on the lawsuit challenging eminent domain for TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL pipeline.
Photo courtesy Mark Hefflinger, Bold Nebraska
O'Neill, NE — Holt County District Court Judge Mark Kozisek today set a trial date of Oct. 19 to hear a lawsuit filed by Nebraska landowners against the foreign pipeline corporation TransCanada, challenging the law (LB 1161) that gave the company the power to invoke eminent domain for private gain for its proposed Keystone XL pipeline as well as the route in the state. Attorneys Dave Domina and Brian Jorde of Domina Law Group represented landowners suing TransCanada. Attorneys on both sides agreed that there will be no live witnesses during the Oct. 19 hearing — all evidence and affidavits from landowners will be submitted in writing ahead of the hearing date. There will be no jury at the hearing, as the case centers on constitutional issues. Today's hearing was one more step towards protecting property rights and taking the case back to the Nebraska Supreme Court. When landowners addressed the Supreme Court previously, four of the seven justices agreed with the merits of the landowners' case, but since TransCanada had not yet invoked eminent domain rights, the remaining three justices did not render an opinion on constitutionality. Standing is now conceded by TransCanada, and the landowners press forward challenging the law (LB 1161) that gave the Governor sole power to grant eminent domain rights to foreign corporations. Before the hearing, Bold Nebraska hosted a Meetup for all supporters at Westside Restaurant in O'Neill. Jane Kleeb provided an update on the pipeline. "Landowners remain united and resilient in the lawsuit to ensure no foreign company can use eminent domain for private gain," said Bold Nebraska director Jane Kleeb. "Former Gov. Heineman violated our state constitution by granting a route to TransCanada, and as citizens we will not let politicians step over our rights, our land and our water. President Obama can reject the pipeline any day, and we will remain committed to getting this bad law off the books and property rights protected."
KEARNEY – Graduate and undergraduate degrees for 244 will be conferred at University of Nebraska at Kearney commencement exercises at 10 a.m. Friday, July 31. The exercises are in the Nebraskan Student Union. From the KBRX area those graduating include: Chelsea Thurlow of Atkinson, Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science & Wellness Cameron Mueller of Bassett, Bachelor of Science in Recreation Management Megan Nelson of Burwell, Bachelor of Science in Recreation, Park & Tourism Management Megan Hoffman of Chambers, Bachelor of Science in Family Studies Emily Huston of O’Neill, Bachelor of Science in Radiography Doors to the Ponderosa Room (second floor, Nebraskan Union) open at 8:30 a.m. Parking is available east of the Nebraskan Student Union, north of College of Education, west of Cope Stadium, and in lots near Centennial Towers East and West. Because of renovation and construction in the Nebraskan, the east lower level is closed. The south doors, central and main entrances are suggested. The north entrance on the west end is also available, and has an elevator. The national anthem will be performed by 2003 UNK alumna Kami Graves. An overflow area will be available for watching in the Sandhills Room of the Nebraskan. For those unable to attend in person, UNK commencement ceremonies are webcast at www.unk.edu
The KBRX Junior Golf Tournament will be held Thursday, August 6 starting at 9 am at the O’Neill Country Club. This is for girls and boys. Age groups are 10-12 and they play 9-holes, 13-15 play 18 holes and 16-18 play 18 holes. The entry fee is $15. KBRX will provide lunch for all participants and prizes will be given in each age group. You can sign up online by clicking on this link https://kbrx.formstack.com/forms/kbrxjuniorgolftournament or sign up at 8:30 am the day of the tournament.
Douglas Stahlecker & Micah Crosby were the last ones standing in the Coin Flip
KBRX held their “Wooden Nickel Coin Flip” on Saturday during O’Neill’s Summerfest celebration. A large crowd gathered at 4th & Douglas and at the end of 6 flips of the coin it came down to Douglas Stahlecker of O’Neill who won our $200 in Shamrock Buck. Congratulations Douglas Stahlecker.
The OCFF continues to highlight projects that have been part of their 10 years of grant making.
Several years ago, the O’Neill Lion’s Club took on the task of upgrading the Lion’s Kiddie Park in O’Neill. With the help of community members and the O’Neill Community Foundation Fund, they were able to raise enough money to put quality, safe and attractive playground equipment in the community.
The OCFF grant, along with other donations, helped the Lion’s Club purchase unique playground equipment and add ground covering to aid with safety. They were also able to provide the only handicap accessible park, which includes a toddler swing for the disabled.
Often, projects such as these have a hard time securing funds. With the help of the O’Neill Community Foundation Fund and gifts from the community, the Lion’s Club was able to meet their goal instead of settling for a lesser design. A big thank you to the Lion’s Club for making O’Neill a better place for our youth.
Northeast Community College administrator’s meet with the construction superintendent of the College’s new extended
campus building in O’Neill earlier this summer. Classes will begin in the new facility on Monday, August 24.
A dedication and open house is scheduled for Tuesday, September 8. (Courtesy Photo)
O’NEILL – Students who will attend classes this fall at Northeast Community College in O’Neill will start the new academic year in brand-new surroundings. The College’s new extended campus building opens to students on Monday, August 24.
“We are thrilled to be able to move into our new building,” said Merri Schneider, extended campus director. ”Northeast has seen the need to expand opportunities for residents in the College’s western service area and this new facility will give us the extra space and flexibility to expand our programming.”
The $3.9 million facility, at 505 East Highway 20, was funded primarily through a capital campaign. The 15,385 square foot extended campus will have state-of-the-art classrooms, high technology computers, advanced health and science labs, and an attached technical training wing that will accommodate welding, industrial, and agriculture-related courses. It will replace the use of a 76-year-old former elementary school building that Northeast has used for a number of years.
In addition to offering college transfer course work through the extended campus, Northeast will provide a variety of non-credit workshops and classes such as business, computers, supervision, regulatory, compliance, and personal interest, as well, as technical skill training in a number of different areas. In addition, adult education, GED, and English as a Second Language will be offered.
Northeast is also partnering with Bellevue University. Bellevue will work with Northeast students by providing additional coursework and opportunities to earn bachelor and master’s degrees through the new extended campus.
Dr. Michael Chipps, Northeast President, cited the new extended campus is as an example of the College fulfilling its mission of student success and the success of the 20 county service area. “This new extended campus will provide lifelong learning opportunities for area residents with the goal of having them remain in the region to live and raise their families. Through this new facility, Northeast will provide a much more robust educational experience for our constituents that will eventually lead to better job opportunities and stimulate more economic growth for North Central Nebraska for generations to come.”
A dedication and open house of Northeast Community College’s Extended Campus in O’Neill will be held Tuesday, September 8, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. A program will be held at 5 p.
Two Neligh residents were arrested and taken into custody Tuesday afternoon, according to the Nebraska State Patrol.
Captain Paul Hattan confirmed two arrest warrants were served at 508 W 10th St. in Neligh and two individuals were taken into custody. Antelope County Attorney Joe Abler filed a motion Tuesday for an arrest warrant for both Darryl Lierman and Julie Lierman of Neligh, according to court documents.
The Nebraska State Patrol SWAT team and other officers Nebraska State Patrol were utilized in the execution of the warrant. Hattan said no injuries were reported.
According to at press release from the Antelope County Attorney's office, the charges range from four counts of First Degree Sexual Assault of a Child, Class 1B Felonies, to three counts of Third Degree Sexual Assault of a Child, and four counts of Child Abuse, all Class IIIA Felonies. Class 1B felonies have a penalty range of a minimum penalty of 20 years imprisonment and a maximum of life imprisonment, class IIIA Felonies have a penalty range of no minimum and a maximum of 5 years imprisonment.
Darryl Lierman is currently being held at the Madison County Law Enforcement Center. Julie Lierman was also arrested for the offense of Child Neglect, a Class I misdemeanor.
Members of the West Boyd FCCLA Chapter attended the National Convention in Washington, DC and brought home medals. Medalists were Rhiannan Smalley & Kelsey Reiman--Gold in Interpersonal Communications, Junior, and Layne Swanson & Janet Ahlers--Gold in Chapter in Review Portfolio.
Five Chambers FCCLA members recently attended their National Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. from July 5-9 and competed in STAR events. All five brought home high scores and gold medals. Chyenne Burrell in Career Investigation, Senior; Molly Lambert in Food Innovations, Senior; Jamie Koenig in Illustrated Talk, Junior; and BrookLynn Burrell and Kyra Farewell in Food Innovations, Junior.
(Back Row left to right) Emily Morrow, Blair Langan, Marissa Lichty, Allison Becker & Allison Ludwig
(front row left to right) Lauren Osborne, Ariel Lichty and Emma Krysl
O’Neill Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America members joined 8,500 other FCCLA members from across the country as they attended the FCCLA National Leadership Meeting in Washington DC July 5-9. State Officers and State Peer Education Officers had the opportunity to meet with Nebraska’s congressional delegation. This included Allison Becker and Allison Ludwig. The results from the STAR competition included: O’Neill: Gold medals: Ariel Lichty in FCCLA Website Design, Senior Emma Krysl in Environmental Ambassador, Junior Lauren Osborne in Illustrated Talk, Senior. Silver medals: Allison Becker, Allison Ludwig, and Emily Morrow in Digital Stories for Change, Senior Marissa Lichty and Blair Langan in Promote and Publicize FCCLA, Junior. Also attending was Chapter advisor Ann Mann, O’Neill.
Niobrara Valley Electric Membership Corporation will be testing poles in an area starting west of Niobrara and continuing west to a point north of Verdel. The work will begin Thursday, July 9th and finish in approximately 30 days. Personnel from S&L Pole Maintenance Company will complete the work. Unlike the familiar yellow trucks of Niobrara Valley Electric, S&L Maintenance may use a variety of vehicle colors during the project. Please drive carefully through this area in the next month. Niobrara Valley Electric appreciates your help and understanding throughout this necessary assessment.
Ken is traveling across the United States and passed through O’Neill on Wednesday, July 8 en route to Bend, Oregon. Ken is a two time survivor of brain cancer and is wanting to do his part in helping find a cure for childhood cancer. At the end of his trip he will have traveled over 11,000 miles helping to fight childhood cancer.
The Northeast Nebraska Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Council met recently at Jerry’s Hilltop Restaurant near Randolph for their meeting and presentation.
Jim Monk, Norfolk, shared information on growing giant pumpkins. He called it “Olympic gardening” for those who need a fun hobby. Two main rules of growing these big fruits are to start with the right seeds and keep the vines growing in a straight line aimed to the north. They can grow as much as 20 pounds in one day!
The Farmers Market is underway on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the RC&D office. There have been 5 or 6 vendors each week and 10 to 15 customers. All are encouraged to stop in the RC&D office for a free gift.
The W.O.W. Tour – Wings on Wildflowers is Saturday, June 27th from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Twenty people are pre-registered and there are nine outstanding speakers ready to share their knowledge with the group. Grants to assist this project came from the Pierce County Visitors Fund, Casey’s General Store, and the NE Natural Legacy Project.
Electronic waste recycling events will be in Tilden from 9 – 11 a.m. and Hartington from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. on Friday, July 17th and in Plainview from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. and Wakefield from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 18th. These collection events are for households only, no businesses. Participants will be asked for a small fee to help with the cost of the project. These are also being funded in part by a grant from the Nebraska Environmental Trust and hosting communities.
A Knox County Cemetery Tour is planned for Saturday, August 22nd. There are two pick-up locations – Jerry’s Hilltop and in Creighton. Judy Carlson, author of the book Buried on the Prairies of Knox County, will be the guide. Watch for more information to come.
The RC&D Council looks forward to continuing their service to citizens through projects that will make life better for people in Antelope, Cedar, Dixon, Knox, Madison, Pierce, and Wayne counties.
The O'Neill Volunteer Fire Department members recently voted for new officers at its annual election in May.
The new officers include Terry Miles as fire chief, Matt Schmitz as assistant chief, Dale Waterman as city captain, Tim Cahoy as rural captain, Scott Grosch as aerial captain, Jason Swerczek as training captain and Don Baker as ambulance captain.
The new officers will be installed on June 1.
The fire department is under an inter-local agreement with the Holt County Rural Fire District. Via this contract, the fire department responds to all fire emergencies in the 98-square-mile district that circumference the city. The department houses and maintains all apparatus owned by the City of O'Neill and Rural Fire District. All of the O'Neill Fire District's equipment stands ready for immediate response.
The O'Neill Fire Department is active within the Holt and Boyd County mutual aid system. Through this mutual aid association, the city is able to utilize additional equipment and extra manpower upon call.
The O'Neill Ambulance Service provides a BLS (Basic Life Support) level of service. The O'Neill Rural Fire District Ambulance Service is not restricted to 911 emergency response. Inter-county, inter-state and intra-state patient transfer is a daily routine. A separate fee is assessed for EMS service and all revenue collected becomes part of the department budget.
NORFOLK – Nominations are being sought to honor alumni of Northeast Community College.
The Alumni Hall of Success Award is presented to former students, either living or deceased, who have achieved significant success in their profession, exhibited exemplary citizenship qualities, or made significant contributions to their communities and/or community affairs, according to Holly Quinn, director of development at Northeast and award committee co-chair.
“This is a way for the Board of Governors and the College community to honor individuals for career success, achievement and distinguished service following graduation from Northeast Community College.”
Candidates should have completed a recognized diploma or degree from Northeast (or its predecessor colleges) or completed at least 24 credit hours to be applied toward a degree at another college or university.
Quinn said, “Candidates that will be considered for induction must have achieved significant success in his/her profession; exhibited exemplary citizenship qualities; and made significant contributions to his/her community and/or community affairs. They should have demonstrated maturity, with preference given to those who have at least five years of work experience in his/her occupation or profession.”
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The cost of brand inspections for cattle could rise to as much as $1.10 per head under a law signed by Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts.
Ricketts notified lawmakers Wednesday that he approved the legislation, which allows the Nebraska Brand Committee to charge the higher maximum fee. Committee employees inspect cattle that are about to be sold and investigate reports of missing or stolen livestock.
Sen. Al Davis of Hyannis told lawmakers last month that the committee has reached the maximum fee it can charge under state law. The ceiling was last increased from 65 cents to 75 cents per head in 2005.
Davis says the committee needs to upgrade its records system, and is struggling to recruit and retain quality employees because of low salaries.
DELMONT, S.D. (AP) — Residents of the tornado-ravaged town of Delmont are being allowed back into the community for 10 hours to assess their property. Authorities say Delmont residents and business owners will be allowed back from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Tripp-Delmont School District has called off classes today because school facilities are being used for emergency shelter.
Mark Hinze, former Nebraska extension education, covers the pre-operation
inspection with students attending the 2014 Tractor Safe Course at Kearney
Nebraska Extension Tractor Safety/Hazardous Occupations Courses will be offered at seven locations in Nebraska in May and June. Any 14- or 15-year-old who plans to work on a farm other than his/her parents' should plan to attend.
Federal law prohibits youth under 16 years of age from working on a farm for anyone other than their parents or guardian. Certification through the course grants an exemption to the law allowing 14- and 15-year-olds to drive a tractor and do field work with mechanized equipment.
Tractor Safety Course Schedule
May 27-28, Kearney, Buffalo County Fairgrounds
June 1-2, Valentine, Cherry County Fairgrounds
June 5-6, Lincoln, Lancaster County Event Center
June 8-9, Gering, Farm and Ranch Museum
June 11-12, North Platte, UNL West Central Research and Extension Center
June 15-16, Wayne, Wayne County Fairgrounds
June 17-18, Grand Island, College Park
The most common cause of death in agriculture accidents in Nebraska is overturn from tractors and all-terrain-vehicles (ATVs), said Sharry Nielsen, Nebraska extension educator. Tractor and ATV overturn prevention are featured in the class work. "Instilling an attitude of ‘safety first' is a primary goal of the course," Nielsen said, "where youth have the chance to learn respect for agricultural jobs and the tools involved."
Classes consist of two days of instruction plus homework assignments. Classes are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The first day of class will consist of intensive classroom instruction with hands-on demonstrations, concluding with a written test that must be completed satisfactorily before students may continue driving tests the second day. Classroom instruction will cover the required elements of the National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program. Homework will be assigned on the first day to turn in the next day.
The second day will include testing, driving, and operating machinery. Students must demonstrate competence in hitching equipment and driving a tractor and trailer through a standardized course as well as hitching PTO and hydraulic systems.
Pre-registration Pre-registration is strongly encouraged at least one week before a location's start date to the Extension Office at the course site. (Click here to get contact information.) Cost is $60, which includes educational materials, testing, supplies, lunches and breaks. For more information, contact the local Extension Office or Sharry Nielsen at (308) 832-0645, firstname.lastname@example.org.
As the 2014-2015 school year wraps up, three long time Clearwater/Orchard teachers prepare to wrap up their teaching careers. Mr. Paul Horman, Mrs. Betty Schomberg, and Mrs. Donna Ziems will be retiring at the end of this school year. These three dedicated teachers have given a total of more than a century of their expertise to educate the students in the area. In honor of their service to the profession and to congratulate them on their retirement, an open house will be held on Sunday, May 17th from 2:00-4:00 p.m. in the multipurpose room at the Clearwater School. A short presentation will be held beginning at 3:00 p.m. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Livestock operations that want to expand will still have to comply with county requirements under a bill that won first-round approval from Nebraska lawmakers.
The legislation would create optional statewide standards for producers that want to build or expand facilities. Lawmakers voted 34-3 Wednesday on the proposal by Sen. Dan Watermeier of Syracuse.
Advocates say the bill encourages growth of animal agriculture by simplifying the permit process for out-of-state producers.
The original bill would have mandated the standards and created a state-level board that could overturn county-level decisions. After three days of fierce debate, senators compromised with a measure that would rely on state, county and university experts to create the standards. Counties would have the option to use them as guidelines.
Class C2 State Speech Results West Holt, finished in 3rd place in the Team Sweepstakes McKenna Young, West Holt, 1st place Poetry Interpretation Alex Fritz, West Holt, 1st place Informative Speaking Alex Fritz, West Holt, 4th place Humorous Interpretation Josiah McAllister & McKenna Young, West Holt, 3rd place Duet Acting Chase Kallhoff, Neligh-Oakdale, 1st place Humorous Interpretation Katie Funk, Clearwater-Orchard, 3rd place Entertainment Speaking Sara Trease, Clearwater-Orchard, 5th place Poetry Interpretation Sara Smith, Creighton, 6th place Extemporaneous Speaking
O’NEILL - Northeast Community College in O’Neill will offer a Nurse Aide course beginning in April.
The course (NURA 1110/15S & CRN #22789) will be offered April 8-30. Classes will meet from 4-8:15 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, and from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturdays, in the Northeast Extended Campus, Room 301, at 409 East Adams Street.
In this course, students will learn the basic skills needed to provide safe, effective, and caring services to the elderly or chronically ill patent of any age, in a long-term care facility.
Upon completion of this course, the student is eligible to take the state written and practical skills exam. After successfully passing this examination and completing the application procedures, the student’s name will be placed on the basic nurse aide registry at the Nebraska Health and Human Services Regulation and Licensure, Credentialing Division.
It is recommended that students be 16 years old to register for the Nurse Aide Course.
Cost is $303, plus $50.82 for a textbook. Karen Hoffman is the instructor. There is an additional $40 fee if a student chooses to register to take the Certified Nursing Assistant exam at the end of the course. This $40 fee will be required at the time of the non-credit exam registration.
To register for this class, call Northeast Community College in O’Neill at (402) 336-3590
O’Neill, NE Monday, March 23, 2015 - Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID JR. is playing at O’Neill High School on April 18-19, 2015. The 60-minute musical is based on the 2008 Broadway production and the 1989 animated feature film. The O’Neill High School cast contains approximately 40 students led by Jonathan Jaques.
“Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr. is a wonderful, heart-warming musical story of friendship, love, and self-discovery for the whole family. This show is so fun to perform!” – Jonathan Jaques
This classic Disney title contains all of the songs from the Academy Award® winning animated feature film as well as three new songs from the Broadway show.THE LITTLE MERMAID JR. takes place in a magical kingdom beneath the sea, where a beautiful young mermaid named Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. But first, she’ll have to defy her father, the king of the sea, escape the clutches of an evil sea witch and convince a prince that she’s the girl with the perfect voice.
Performances of Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID JR. are open to the public at O’Neill High School on April 18, 2015 at 7:00 pm and on April 19, 2015 at 2:00 pm. Admission is $4 for adults and students, children 5 and under attend free. Tickets are available at the door.
The O’Neill High School drama department has been producing student-performed musicals each spring for many years. These shows have included classics like Guys and Dolls and The Wizard of Oz and new shows like Dear Edwina and Striking 12. All cast members are in grades 9-12 and all crew members are in grades 7-12. A combination of great student talent and committed staff members has made O’Neill High School’s musicals events that nobody should miss.
The mobile food pantry, sponsored by We Care, Inc, will be dispersing food on Tuesday, March 17 beginning at 5:30 pm at the O'Neill Community Center. Volunteers are needed and appreciated for the food pantry from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Wear your green and be a part of something great! We will also have a direct link through Skype to Natalie, a bilingual assistant with Foodbank from the Heatland in Omaha, to help persons with SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). If you have questions about your account, would like to sign up, or wonder if you qualify, come to the O’Neill Community Center from 4 to 6 pm on Tuesday, March 17. Natalie will be glad to assist you free of charge.
Front l/r: Marissa Lichty, Lauren Osborne, Ephraim Bunner, Julia Bauer, and Haley Schmeichel.
Back row l/r: Blair Langan, Amanda Pischel, Robyn Isom, Emma Krysl, and Tayte Jussel.
Members of the O’Neill FCCLA Chapter traveled to Wheeler Central High School to compete in the District STAR competition on January 25, 2015. They joined nearly 100 other FCCLA members from Ainsworth, Burwell, Central Valley, Chambers, Ord, West Boyd, West Holt, and Wheeler Central. O’Neill results include: Amanda Pischel, National Programs in Action, Senior division, District Champion, State Qualifier, and Gold medalist; Lauren Osborne, Illustrated Talk, Senior division, District Champion, State Qualifier, and Gold Medalist; Robyn Isom, Chapter Service Project, Senior division, District Champion, State Qualifier, and Gold medalist; Emma Krysl, Environmental Ambassador, Junior division, District Champion, State Qualifier, and Gold medalist; Marissa Lichty and Blair Langan, Promote and Publicize FCCLA, Junior Division, District Champion, State Qualifier, and Gold Medalist; Haley Schmeichel and Julia Bauer, Chapter Service Project, Junior Division, District Champion, State Qualifier, and Gold medalist; Ephraim Bunner, Illustrated Talk, Junior Division, Silver medalist; Tayte Jussel, Nebraska Health and Wellness, Junior Division, Silver medalist.
LINCOLN--Gov. Pete Ricketts and state lawmakers seem to agree that addressing property tax issues are priority, and they'll have plenty of options to choose from based on the legislative bills introduced.
The state does not levy property taxes, which primarily support public schools and local government. But as farmland values have increased, rural taxpayers in particular have expressed widespread concern about the impact of those taxes.
Here is a compilation of notable property tax-related bills that have been introduced in the 104th Legislature.
LB 71, Introduced by Sen. Paul Schumacher of Columbus, would provide a tax relief for agricultural and horticultural land. The relief would be credit that landowners would receive.
LB 178, Introduced by Sen. Dan Watermeier of Syracuse, would make agricultural and horticultural land a separate class of land for property taxes. This class of land would be valued at only 75 percent of its actual value, except for school district taxes. School district taxation would value the land even less starting in 2016 and would continue to decrease each year.
LB 186, Introduced by Sen. Kate Bolz of Lincoln, would adopt the Property Tax Circuit Breaker Act, revising the percentage of credit property owners would receive.
LB 259, Introduced by Sen. Mike Gloor of Grand Island, would make the first $25,000 of a taxpayer's tangible personal property exempt from taxes.
LB 260, Introduced by Sen. Mike Gloor of Grand Island, would give the Property Tax Administrator the ability to recertify values if an error is discovered within three years of the original tax distribution date.
LB 309, Introduced by Sen. Al Davis of Hyannis, would move $25 million from the General Fund to the Property Tax Credit Cash Fund.
LB 345, Introduced by Sen. Rick Kolowski of Omaha, would adopt the Property Tax Relief Act, which would provide property tax relief for property taxes on certain homesteads. It would also create the Property Tax Relief Fund to reimburse counties for revenues lost when they grant homestead exemptions.
LB 364, Introduced by Sen. Dan Watermeier of Syracuse, would move $60 million from the General Fund to the Property Tax Credit Cash Fund for the property tax credit program.
LB 398, Introduced by Sen. Burke Harr of Omaha, would exempt all tangible, personal property from property taxes.