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Scotts Bluff County Housing Authority denied tax exemption

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Scotts Bluff County Commissioners have decided not to grant a tax exempt request for property purchased by the county's Housing Authority agency.
During Monday night's commissioner meeting, Housing Authority Executive Director Nancy Bentley said 15 homes purchased by the agency qualifies for tax exempt status because they were bought with a land use restriction agreement.

But the board wondered why the Housing Authority would be allowed for exemption when the previous owner, Crown West, was not.

Bentley said under the State Housing Agency Act, state housing own property should be tax exempt.
"I think there's a lot of information about affordable housing that's not understood by the commissioners," said Bentley. "I think they have good intentions and our next move would probably be to visit with our tax credit attorney out of Lincoln, Nebraska."
Commissioner Mike Marker said the Housing Authority does a lot of good work but questioned why they wanted to try and avoid paying property taxes.
"When you have a million dollar piece of property and they turn it over to the Housing Authority for $1500, then they're going to turn it around and sell it again, the Housing Authority, for 18 to 20-thousand dollars, when it should be valued for 70 to 80-thousand, this whole thing doesn't set right with me," said Marker.
The commissioners say there's a lot of questions that need to be answered before moving forward.
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