Budget Down $4.5 Million

Central Platte NRD Reduces Budget by $4.5 Million The Central Platte Natural Resources District’s (CPNRD) board of directors adopted their 2019 amended budget of expenditures following a public hearing on Thursday. The budget is $4.5 million lower than the 2018 fiscal budget and the property tax request is down $1.1 million. A levy hearing is scheduled for 1:45 p.m. on August 30, 2018, just prior to the board of directors meeting. The levy is estimated at .02601. A homeowner with a home valued at $100,000 will pay $26.01 for conservation benefits provided by the CPNRD including flood control, nitrate management, soil health, cost-share to producers, recreation, education, and other natural resources benefits. OTHER ACTION/AGENDA ITEMS -Rules & Regulation Changes  The board reviewed proposed changes to the NRD’s Rules and Regulations for the Groundwater Management Plan. Changes include new language regarding wells and adds a timeline for staff to receive transfer applications. Proposed Changes-PDF The final change increases the number of years that transfers are not allowed, from two years to five years, within a Ground Water Management Area where declines have been in excess of the 25 percent of the allowable level. The levels are determined by measurements taken in the spring by NRD staff. A public hearing on the proposed changes will be held at 1:00 p.m. prior to the September 27th board meeting.  The proposed changes are available for download at cpnrd.org or by contacting the Central Platte NRD office at (308) 385-6282. -B-1 Reservoir  Four bids were received to study best options to account for water in the B-1 Reservoir; which is located five miles north and...

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Central Platte NRD Sets Lower Property Tax Request (GRAND ISLAND, NE) – The Central Platte Natural Resources District’s (CPNRD) board of directors signed a resolution to set the 2018/2019 fiscal budget levy at 0.02576 at their August board meeting on Thursday.  The 2019 fiscal budget was approved at $17.5 million in July, down from $22.5 million in FY2018. The property tax request of $4.5 million, down $1.1 million, is based on valuations received from the 11 counties that the District serves. The overall valuation increase for Central Platte NRD was just under one percent. A homeowner with a home valued at $100,000 will pay $25.76 this year for conservation benefits provided by the CPNRD including flood control, nitrate management, soil health, cost-share to producers, recreation, education, and other natural resources benefits. OTHER ACTION/AGENDA ITEMS -Crane Deck Resolution  The board approved a resolution to apply for grant funding from the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission for the Central Platte Gibbon Crane Viewing Trails Rehabilitation Project. If the application is approved, CPNRD will provide 20% of project costs up to $50,000.00 cash matching contribution.  The goal of the project is to provide the best, safest viewing experience of central Nebraska’s unique and valuable Platte River wildlife. -Voting Delegates  Deb VanMatre was elected voting delegate and Jay Richeson elected alternate for the Nebraska Association of Resources District’s annual conference in September. -Integrated Management Plans  Lyndon Vogt, general manager, reported on the Basinwide and individual Integrated Management Plans (IMP); which were implemented to ensure that the state is in compliance with the Nebraska New Depletions Plan (NNDP) included within the Platte River Recovery Implementation...