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Nebraska Gov. Ricketts approves new two-year state budget

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts has signed a new two-year budget that includes $408 million in state money for property tax reductions.

The Republican governor announced Wednesday that he approved the $8.7 billion package without vetoes. He says the budget met his goals of increasing property tax relief and slowing state spending increases.

The budget includes an increase in state aid for property tax reductions, education and prison expenses. The $408 million approved will go to Nebraska's property tax credit fund, which uses state money to offset local property taxes.

Ricketts says he was pleased with the overall budget, calling it a good step toward sustainable tax relief.

Lawmakers approved the budget last week.

 

Memorial Day Program at Mt. Hope Cemetery

There will be a Memorial Day Ceremony at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Valentine on Monday, May 25th at 10 AM. Guest speak will be Mr. Tim McBride. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The Wood Lake American Legion Post 202 and Auxiliary will be holding Memorial Day services at the Mount Hope Cemetery in Wood Lake on Sunday, May 24 at 2:30 p.m. Mr. Jim Edwards will be the speaker.

 

Country Pride Coop Opens in Valentine

The Country Pride Cooperative is now open in Valentine. Country Pride Coop is located at 272 North Main Street and is being managed locally by Andy Dawson. The Valentine store will focus on livestock feed and nutrition products, lubricants as well as propane orders. The phone number for Country Pride Cooperative in Valentine is 402-376-1994.

   

Work to Begin on US-20, West of Merriman in Cherry County

Weather permitting, work is scheduled to begin the week of May 18 on US-20, nine miles west of Merriman starting at Reference Post 118.25 and ending at Reference Post 126.64, according to the Nebraska Department of Roads.

Werner Construction, Inc., of Hastings, Nebraska, has the $2.5 million contract for the 8.4-mile project, which will include milling and four-inch asphaltic concrete overlay of the roadway west of Merriman.  Work will also include asphalt shoulders.

Traffic will be maintained during construction with use of flaggers and a pilot car.  Work is anticipated to be completed in August.

The Department of Roads’ project manager is Darrell Lurz of Valentine.  Motorists are reminded to drive cautiously through highway construction zones.

 

Homebuyer Education Workshop in Valentine Cancelled

The Homebuyer Education Workshop that was to be held in Valentine at Mid Plains Community College tonight (May 14) and May 21 is cancelled.  If you have any questions or for more information about the Homebuyer Education Workshops call 402-340-6464.

 

   

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