A bill in the Nebraska legislature would allow residents in counties with fewer than 10,000 residents the opportunity to participate in vote by mail elections.
It would require the approval of eligible voters in the counties. The bill’s sponsor, Nebraska Senator John Harms, says the measure would streamline the voting process, save counties money and give more people the opportunity to vote. He says the voting by mail turnout for special elections in the state has always been positive.
Developers wanting to rehabilitate state, federal, or locally-designated historic sites could get a tax credit for doing so under legislature in the Unicameral.
The Historic Property Restoration and Reuse Act is sponsored by Bellevue Senator Abbie Cornett. Developers who restore a historic property, or a facility within a historic district, could apply for a 25 percent tax credit. Nonprofits could be eligible for a 30 percent tax credit.
Douglas County Commissioners say taxpayers could be forced to pay more if the state of Nebraska does away with its inheritance tax.
During his State of the State address, Governor Dave Heineman told lawmakers he wants the inheritance tax to end. The inheritance tax is based upon the fair market value of a property at the time of a person’s death. The amount of tax paid varies depending on the relationship between the deceased and the person who inherits the property.
The Nebraska Humanities Council recently added 14 new programs to its Speakers’ Bureau.
Programs are available to any Nebraska nonprofit organization for a small processing fee. Mary Yager, Associate Director for the NHC, says there are about 300 programs in rotation at the Speakers’ Bureau at any given time. She says the NHC puts out a call for speakers every three to four years.
Yager says they recently expanded their programs to include subjects they haven’t had recently. New programs center on Annie Oakley, the railroad and spoken word artists.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has several levee repair projects underway following last summer’s Missouri River flooding.
The Corps updated the construction work during a conference call last Friday. One project is in Council Bluffs. Kim Thomas of the Omaha District’s Emergency Management Division says repairs are underway at the 28thStreet and Veterans Memorial Bridge locations. The existing pump stations have been demolished, and construction is scheduled to be complete on March first.
Omaha, NE – The Omaha Public Schools board is opposing two measures that would cut the size of school boards.
Senator Scott Lautenbaugh's bill had its first hearing in a Unicameral committee meeting Wednesday. In addition to cutting the board to five members from its current 12, the legislation would also pay board members $20,000 and limit them to two four-year terms.
Omaha, NE – The Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce is holding its annual meeting luncheon on Wednesday, February 1st.
David Brown is Chamber President and CEO. He says awards that'll be given out at the luncheon include the Chairman's Award of Excellence and Volunteer of the Year. He says the meeting is for anyone who's interested in how communities grow and what Omaha needs to do to make sure there are enough jobs here for future generations.
Brown says Governor Dave Heineman is one of two guest speakers at this year's luncheon.