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TIF projects should improve NP, no matter what their size

You decide what truth is. The present North Platte Community Redevelopment Authority was created in 1999. At that time, present members Mike Jacobson and Robert Stefka were appointed for five-year terms. That same year, the NPCRA issued its public policy statement, which includes Article 5, the $350,000 excess value barrier. To present date, North Platte has not approved a tax increment financing project under that amount. Meanwhile, statewide, of the 736 active projects, 162 projects are under NPCRA’s arbitrary number.

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Wednesday 05/25/2016
TIF projects should improve NP, no matter what their size
Posted: May 25, 2016

You decide what truth is. The present North Platte Community Redevelopment Authority was created in 1999. At that time, present members Mike Jacobson and Robert Stefka were appointed for five-year terms. That same year, the NPCRA issued its public policy statement, which includes Article 5, the $350,000 excess value barrier. To present date, North Platte has not approved a tax increment financing project under that amount. Meanwhile, statewide, of the 736 active projects, 162 projects are under NPCRA’s arbitrary number.

Thursday 05/19/2016
Necessity of transparency reinforced
Posted: May 19, 2016

 Government entities are the property of the citizens

Wednesday 05/18/2016
The mystery of the ‘good old boys’ club’
Posted: May 18, 2016

The unexplained, ever-mysterious “good old boys’ club” seems to be a favored straw-man for some bent on insisting that corruption or improper motivation is at the root of proposals for civic improvement. We’ve all heard that conversation, haven’t we? “Hey, Joe, did you hear about the TIF proposal going on at city hall?” “Yep, just another scam that’s only going to help members of the ‘good old boys’ club.’ ”

Thursday 04/28/2016
1 of 3 vetoes overturned
Posted: April 28, 2016

The 60-day session of the 104th Legislature came to an end last Wednesday. We met to consider overriding the governor’s vetoes and sit through the farewell speeches of the eleven senators who will not be returning due to term limits.

Saturday 04/16/2016
Third time’s the charm
Posted: April 16, 2016

Fate has landed me in North Platte three times.

Thursday 04/14/2016
Session ending with many changes
Posted: April 14, 2016

LB 977e: Every committee has what is called a cleanup bill that throws a menagerie of small changes to existing law into one bill. The Transportation Committee bill includes provisions to increase weight limits on certain large agriculture equipment. Counties can seasonally change weight limits on equipment to accommodate the fact that agriculture equipment is getting larger and heavier. Another provision allows for a breast cancer awareness license plate. I supported this measure.

Thursday 03/24/2016
Legislative session ends in just 12 days
Posted: March 24, 2016

LB 843: Change provisions relating to prostitution; the bill basically legalizes prostitution in Nebraska. It ties prostitution to legislation passed last year on sex trafficking.

Thursday 03/10/2016
Taxpayers must unite regarding property taxes
Posted: March 10, 2016

This past week at the legislature:

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