CURTIS, Nebraska -- The Middle Republican National Resources District staff has completed research detailing the impact of the 2011 Occupation Tax and will present that report to the MRNRD Board at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Curtis Memorial Community Center in Curtis. The board is scheduled to set the tax rate following the report.
The occupation tax is a tax applied to irrigated land in the MRNRD area. "Now that a review of the records has been done, we know what irrigated acres will be impacted by the [occupation] tax, and can bring it to the board," said Dan Smith, general manager of the MRNRD.
The meeting is the board's first since the Nov. 2 elections and will include a review of a variance request, formally recognize election results, review a request by the Southwest Resource Conservation and Development for $1,000 for the Swanson Project, and revisit the replacement of an ATV.
The variance request is from Dave Koetter. He is requesting certification for acres not certified in 2003. Certification will allow for irrigation of the affected acres.
The board will formally recognize the Nov. 2, 2010, election of new board members. The new board members will take office during the first meeting of 2011.
Roger Stockton of the Southwest Resource Conservation and Development, a part of the USDA, is asking for $1,000 for the Save Our Swanson project. The money is requested in lieu of in-kind work that was not needed for the project.
The ATV replacement will go to the board again, but with new information about what options are available. "We are going out into every field in our district to do chemigation, meter readings, and check on complaints. We try to be as efficient as possible, and using ATVs helps in that," said Roger Lawson, information and education coordinator for the MRNRD.
MRNRD Board of Director meetings are the second Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. in Curtis at the Curtis Memorial Community Center. The meetings are open to the public.