- Associated Press - Sunday, March 27, 2016

WOOD RIVER, Neb. (AP) - The owner of the Crane Trust Nature and Visitor Center is asking to have all its land and buildings exempted from property taxes.

The Grand Island Independent reports (https://bit.ly/1Sp6KBZ ) that the Platte River Whooping Crane Maintenance Trust’s request would take nearly $10 million of value off the tax rolls in Hall County. The trust has made a similar request in Buffalo County.

The trust made a formal plea on Tuesday to the Hall County Board of Supervisors. County Assessor Jan Pelland has recommended against the exemption.

Pelland argues that not all of the property is being used in an educational manner, and some of its land is being leased for grazing and row crops. Trust officials counter that the lease money goes back to its charitable mission.

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Information from: The Grand Island Independent, https://www.theindependent.com


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