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Ag dry land property values set to increase for SBC

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Dry ag land owners in Scotts Bluff County will see a 20-percent increase in their property value by June because of state guidelines.
During the Scotts Bluff County Commissioners meeting Monday night Assessor Amy Ramos told board members the state is pushing for more consistency across county lines.

She says a Lincoln ag peer review committee wants to see an increase in value because surrounding counties are higher than Scotts Bluff County and had higher percents of increase every year.

Ramos argued that's not reflective of the county and she doesn't have enough sales to justify that.

She says farmers may be angry but hopefully understanding.
"In the last few years, I have to say at protest time, farmers are very knowledgeable about what's going on in the market, they attend the auctions, they know what's going on, they may not be happy about it but they know that's the market." Said Ramos.
Ramos went on to say that an increase isn't reasonable because out of about 65,000 acres of dry land, only 600 have been sold.

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