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Thursday, 03 March 2016 16:01

By Diane Stamm

The Wauneta Breeze

Chase County Assessor Dottie Bartels was on hand at the Feb. 23 Chase County Commissioners meeting to discuss land valuations.

As water usage and land designations continue to challenge Chase County officials, commissioners Dave Hogsett, Chuck Vette and Don Weiss, Jr. would like to see the valuation process simplified.

As part of those challenges, based on recommendations from representatives of the Nebraska Department of Revenue, Bartels said all satellite acres will be switched as irrigated acres with the help of FSA maps.

Satellite acres with allocation across the county total 12,671 acres, while there are 17,478 acres with no allocation.

Valuating Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) ground has presented its own set of challenges. Bartels said it’s been hard to find a good, solid CRP land sale, even borrowing from neighboring counties, and Hayes County CPR is valuated at a mid-point between grass and dryland. Hogsett said he liked this idea and it sounded like a good plan.

Bartels anticipates commercial land and dryland valuation increasing, with Conservation Reseerve Enhancement Program (CREP) ground remaining the same.

Changes would take effect this year.

Bids opened

A bid from Butterfield Equipment was accepted for a new trash trailer. The company’s bid of $80,485.65 for a 102-inch wide trailer was $9,000 less that the bid from Northern Truck Equipment Co. The trailer will be 12 feet, 11-inches tall and not exceed 54 feet, seven-inches in length.

Future repairs to the trailer could be taken care of by Valley Farm Industries in Benkelman.

The commissioners did not receive any bids for new communications equipment in the dispatch office.

Board of Equalization

Protests of valuation by Bart Stromberger and Verlon Dinnel were denied because they had not been properly protested.

After once again consulting with Department of Revenue representatives, Bartels said, citing Nebraska Revenue Statutes 77-1734.01 and 77-128, the  protests were not due to clerical error, a mistake or misunderstanding and were not protested at the correct time.

The next meeting of the Chase County Commissioners will be March 8 at 8 a.m. MT at the Chase County Courthouse.