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Wed
21
Sep

City’s levy down, tax asking up

The Aurora City Council approved its 2016-17 fiscal budget last week, voting unanimously in support of lowering the levy slightly to .375192 per $100 valuation, though the property tax request came in almost $200,000 higher than a year ago.
“The levy is lower, but the additional money came from the value attributed to growth,” explained city administrator Rick Melcher.

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Wed
21
Sep

Friesen touts tax reform in message to NACO officials

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Dist. 34 Sen. Curt Friesen told county officials gathered in Aurora last week that he believes Nebraska needs to start focusing on economic development in the western part of the state, which in his view should make tax reform a high priority in the coming year.

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Wed
21
Sep

A tribute to Maddy

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The Husky football team revised its pregame routine Friday, slowly walking out together arm in arm instead of running out on the field. At the front of the pack, Michael Spellman held a “Maddy’s Miracles” t-shirt honoring his sister, Maddy, who died Sept. 5.

Wed
21
Sep

Husky homecoming shenanigans

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See Aurora homecoming highlights in this week's print or e-editions.

Wed
21
Sep

Local prairies a learning lab

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Gjerloff Prairie north of Marquette and a very different Nature Conservancy landscape south of Wood River drew more than 80 conservationists to Central Nebraska last week for a unique workshop focused on grassland restoration.
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Wed
14
Sep

Rush boys, family glad they chose Aurora

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The Rush family had the option of living anywhere within a 45-mile radius of Hastings when Kevin took a job with Caterpillar four years ago. Based on tours of the school and community, and especially a visit with the Husky football coach, they chose Aurora.
“I’m thankful for football because I truly think that’s what helped our boys get through the move,” Michelle Rush recalled of her family’s 2012 transition from Kansas City to Aurora.

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Wed
14
Sep

Homecoming king and queen candidates

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The 2016 Aurora High School homecoming royalty includes, front row, left: Emma Sutter, Keri Oswald, Paige Faber, Lillian Epp. Back row: Carter Thompson, Austin Allen, Jared Glinn, Ben Johnson. A Homecoming parade will be held on Friday at 2 p.m. down M Street with a pep rally to follow in the courthouse parking lot. The community is invited to attend. Coronation will be held Friday at the football game.

Wed
14
Sep

County’s budget up $560,000

Taxpayers in Hamilton County can expect an increase in their property taxes this year after commissioners finalized and adopted the budget at last week’s budget hearing.
After initial numbers from requests came back at nearly $1 million more than last year’s property tax request, commissioners along with elected officials worked to reduce anywhere possible.

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Wed
14
Sep

Hampton School budget includes renovation/gym bond payments

The Hampton School Board approved its 2016-17 fiscal budget Monday, voting to implement an additional 14.7 cent levy to pay for a school renovation/gym project approved by voters in May.
After receiving no input during a public hearing, the board moved forward with plans to pay for the $7.25 million project, which will include major renovations at the elementary school as well as a new competition gymnasium.

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Wed
14
Sep

Slight increase in 4R budget, levy drops 2.5 cents

The Aurora 4R School Board approved its budget at Monday’s meeting showing a slight decrease in the levy for taxpayers.
Supt. Damon McDonald presented the budget during the hearing reflecting that total budget expenditures were up 2.4 percent, but when including the total revenue, which was up from the 2015-16 budget due to carryover, the overall increase of the budget is 1.3 percent.
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