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‘Livid’ Ralston mayor backpedals on huge property tax hike

By   /  August 28, 2015  /  Nebraska, News  /  No Comments

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Ralston Mayor Don Groesser is now backpedaling after floating a plan Tuesday to increase the city’s property taxes 34 percent to help pay arena bills.

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Ralston officials mulling 34 percent tax hike to make arena payment

By   /  August 25, 2015  /  Nebraska, News  /  No Comments

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Ralston city officials are moving money around and considering raising property taxes a whopping 20 percent and creating a 2 percent restaurant tax to help shore up the Ralston Arena budget and make the arena’s debt payments.

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Nebraska assessor: Hitchcock County property values are out of whack

By   /  August 24, 2015  /  Nebraska, News  /  No Comments

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About 30 people filled a hearing room in the Hitchcock County Courthouse Monday morning to hear what state officials had to say about an issue that has divided the county: Whether the county assessor is doing her job correctly.

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Arena study: Projections were too rosy, time for ‘reset’

By   /  August 23, 2015  /  Nebraska, News  /  No Comments

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The results of a consultant’s study of Pinnacle Bank Arena are in, and the verdict is clear: It’s time for the arena’s umbrella agency that pays off the arena’s construction debt to start giving more of its money to the arena.

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Nebraska county assessor accused of helping supporters with 2013 protests

By   /  August 20, 2015  /  Nebraska, News  /  No Comments


The former Hitchcock County assessor is among those raising questions about the woman who replaced her, casting doubt on decisions she has made since taking office.

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Smoke screen? Lincoln mayor wants to boost fire budget despite fewer blazes

By   /  August 16, 2015  /  Nebraska, News  /  No Comments

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Lincoln’s mayor wants to upgrade the city’s fire truck fleet and hire more firefighters, but the city’s fire department is fighting fewer fires every year.

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