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08
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PC School Board voices concerns over property tax

A news release from the School Board.Pawnee City Public School District remains extremely concerned about our over-reliance on local property taxes to fund our annual operations. Our concerns have grown over the past several years. In May 2017 we joined the newly-formed founded “Nebraskans United for Property Tax Reform and Education” with the intent to further the dialogue and pursue legislative action to remedy the issue. We have begun working with elected officials on this important topic and appreciate their efforts and input. We are hopeful that a new bill drafted by Senator Tom Briese’s office, with support from “Nebraskans United for Property Tax Reform and Education,” will gain traction and help move us closer to a legislative solution of this complicated issue.

The following data points clearly illustrate we have a school funding problem despite some saying that high property taxes are due to excessive school spending:

Thu
08
Feb
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Putting on trim around the windows

Workers began putting on the trim around the windows of the Assisted Living Facility last week.

 

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Wed
31
Jan
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Sen. Briese's office responds to more property tax questions

Because of email problems last week, we didn’t get a return from Sen. Briese’s office on our questions about property tax reform in time for publication. Here are the responses to our questions from Edward Boone, an aide to Sen. Briese. If you read our story last week or in other papers, you should know Sen. Briese wants to shift the tax burden away from property owners. The first question we asked was how long has Sen. Briese been working on this issue? Boone said Sen.

Wed
31
Jan
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Making way for a new silo in Burchard

Grain bins are being torn down on part of the Farmer’s Coop Elevator site in Burchard. They are replacing bins that held 180,000 bushels with a concrete tube silo that will hold 500,000 bushels. The new silo will be for beans and will be able to take 15,000 bushels an hour

 

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Wed
31
Jan
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New faces at Premier Estates have Pawnee City ties

By Ray Kappel News Editor

Diana Thiemann said she had tears in her eyes when she walked into Premier Estates back in August. It was her first day on the job as Administrator. “I felt like I was home,” she said. Both she and Director of Nursing Lynne Roland are hometown girls. Both graduated from Pawnee City High School. Thiemann graduated high school in 1978 and Roland graduated high school in 1977. Thiemann’s maiden name was Gyhra and Roland was a Bredemeier. Thiemann’s parents are the late Joe and Helen Gyhra and Roland’s parents are Arden and Jan Bredemeier.

 

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Wed
31
Jan
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Deputy involved in crash

Recently there was a non-injury crash involving Pawnee County Deputy Sheriff Johnathan Samuelson.

The deputy was on duty northbound on Highway 50 when he came upon a northbound vehicle that was turning left onto a county road. The deputy was unable to stop and attempted to pass the vehicle on the left as the vehicle turned left into the patrol unit. The driver of the other vehicle was identified as Dylan R. Hunzeker. Hunzeker was arrested for DUI. The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office assisted in working the accident and processing the DUI. The wet roadway and fog were contributors in the crash. No enforcement action was taken against the deputy. The Nebraska State Patrol investigated.

 

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Wed
24
Jan
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Helping hand from the City

City workers regularly deliver Meals on Wheels around Pawnee City.

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Wed
24
Jan
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New bill introduced to shift tax burden from property tax

Lincoln, NE - Senator Tom Briese of Albion announced last week that he has introduced a bill that will put Nebraska on a path to reducing over-reliance on property taxes and adequately funding education in the state. Briese said, “This bill represents the culmination of a broad-based, bipartisan effort consisting of education groups and property tax interests including agricultural, residential, and commercial property taxpayers. The bill will provide the property tax relief that all hard-working Nebraskans deserve, while at the same time protecting the ability of our schools to prepare our young folks for the jobs and careers of the 21st century.”

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Wed
24
Jan
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Asera Care tends to those in hospice

By Ray Kappel

Asera Care offers 13 months of support for its hospice services.

Beatrice is the nearest location to Pawnee City for the Asera Care company. The Beatrice office covers eight counties in Southeast Nebraska. They have offices nationwide.

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Wed
24
Jan
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Michael Layne a talented wood worker

By Ray Kappel

Michael Layne is becoming known as a talented wood worker.

He has been at the business, which he calls a hobby, for three years. His regular job is as a supervisor at C.J. Foods. The name of his business is RuffKutt Wood Works.

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