Wauneta Clinic keeps county property tax exemption status

Meeting as the Chase County Board of Equalization, the commissioners approved keeping the Wauneta Medical Clinic tax exempt at their April 14 meeting.
    The Wauneta Medical Clinic and Wauneta Theater’s tax-exempt statuses were questioned by the state of Nebraska.
    Tony Cribelli was on hand to provide information for the Wauneta Medical Clinic. The building is owned by a Wauneta corporation and managed by a board made up of Cribelli, Eddie Nichols and Brenda Anderson.
    Chase County Community Hospital pays $500 rent each month and that money goes back to improvement of the building and buying medical equipment for the clinic.
    CCCH is estimated to use two-thirds of the space. The rest of the building is available to rent by any health care related office. Cribelli said if CCCH ever decided not to use the building, the clinic board would talk to McCook Community Hospital about renting the facility.
    Assessor Dotty Bartels walked the commissioners through the questions asked by the Department of Revenue and the answers provided by Cribelli and CCCH CEO Abby Cyboron.
    Commissioners Dennis Kunnemann and Jacci Brown said the issue seemed pretty cut and dried.
    “This is an easy one,” Kunnemann said. “They’re exempt.”
    The commissioners suggested the clinic board consider reorganizing so it’s clear it is a charitable organization.

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