County assessor owed thanks
I would like to respond and comment on the Open Forum letter that appeared in the Dec. 29, 2015, McCook Gazette, written by Jim Wesch.
First, the letter is correct in stating how the farmers of Nebraska shoulder an unfair tax burden. Mr. Wesch basically makes the point that farm revenue is eaten up by high property taxes on agricultural land and the high cost of crop production.
An article from the Omaha World-Herald dated Aug. 30, 2015, states that Nebraska statistics indicate that property taxes on agricultural land have increased 162 percent statewide over the past decade. By contrast, commercial real estate values have risen 51 percent and residential property values 40 percent over the same period.
Fortunately, Hitchcock County has elected by a wide margin an assessor who is very knowledgeable of the Ag situation and valuations and is working diligently towards correcting the unfair taxation to our agriculture producers due to incorrect identification and classification of Ag land.
A good place to start is to nominate for the elective offices someone who will behave responsibly, then vote out anybody currently in office and replace them with those responsible people who will TRULY represent the citizens and not just the money-grabbing interests of the taxing entities.
Hitchcock County can proudly say that they have done just that in electing Marlene Bedore as Hitchcock County Assessor.
My second comment involves the $8,953,667 error found by Assessor Bedore for assessing property in the wrong tax district in 2014 by the previous county assessor. How could a nine million dollar error of this nature actually occur? Someone is responsible for this major error.
Ask those involved how this could happen? Elect to the office someone who will work on behalf of the taxpayer. Again, Hitchcock County can proudly say that they have done just that by electing a dedicated, honest, and hard- working county assessor. All citizens of Hitchcock County owe Assessor Bedore a big "THANK YOU" for a job well done!