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City of Alliance considers buying Carhenge

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A Panhandle tourist attraction may see some new owners.

The Alliance City Council is investigating the possibility of the city buying Carhenge and its surrounding land.

The idea for the buy was presented Thursday by three Friends of Carhenge Board Members.

The 25 year old attraction brings thousands of visitors a year to the Alliance area.

This will be the first year the Nebraska Tax Equalization and Review Commission has ruled Carhenge won't be tax exempt.

Alliance's City Manager J.D. Cox says forcing the Friends of Carhenge to pay property taxes makes the attractions chances of operating very difficult.

Cox says a public forum should be held to discuss the idea, and the City Attorney will investigate the legalities of the city taking over Carhenge.

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