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Land sales versus use make valuations a challenge for commissioners, assessor PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 18 March 2016 16:55

By Diane Stamm

The Wauneta Breeze

Guests joined Chase County Commissioners Dave Hogsett, Chuck Vette and Don Weiss, Jr. March 8 at the meeting as concerns over land valuations continue.

Duane Dinnel and Tom Luhrs both voiced their disapproval of considering satellite pivots without water allocation as irrigated acres.

Dinnel said he had been to the Upper Republican Natural Resources District offices and that the URNRD doesn’t show the same number as allocated acres versus unallocated acres as Chase County Assessor Dottie Bartels has listed.

Dinnel suggested the assessor’s office “clean up” what is not truly satellites and go from there.

Luhrs said that when the time comes for him to sell some of his land it will be sold as dryland, even though he currently irrigates the land. Luhrs buys water from an adjacent land owner.

There are countless unique situations, according to Bartels, who added that land owners should protest the land values if they don’t agree.

Bartels also said that if the issue goes to the Tax Equalization and Review Commission, the question will be “What is the present use,” though Weiss said farmers will point out how the land was sold, irrigated or dryland.

Dinnel encouraged the board to not let the state set the rules based on what works in eastern Nebraska.

“People back east want to see high land values for higher school aid,” Dinnel said.

All agreed with Weiss’ observation, “It’s a mess.”

Approved items

A change order was approved for the new trash trailer the commissioners approved purchase of at the previous meeting. Changes include moving the tarp to the other side, moving the steps and cranks, removing the catwalk and cutting the sides down.

Jan DeWester was approved as a member of the Wauneta Senior Center Board.

Norma Dannatt was approved to the county’s tourism board coordinator position to replace Claudette Swanson.

Commissioners approved paying Don Lovenburg $500 for previous snow removal work and approved contracting with Lovenburg for $200 each month to maintain the streets of Enders.

The county’s packer and a scanner were approved as surplus property.

The next meeting of the Chase County Commissioners will be Tuesday, March 22.