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- Sep 24
If NFL players claim that not standing for the anthem is a symbol of unity, why do it in a way that offends so many and further divides?
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- Oct 13
Welcome Home Hero Flight! I was proud to share the stage with my lovely wife and her father as they returned from Washington DC. Thank you Grand Island Independent for capturing the moment for us!
- Oct 12
Reminder: Today at 5pm, the HERO FLIGHT returns to GI and we'd love to see lots of folks at the airport to welcome our Vietnam War veterans home. This one is a little special for our family. My wife accompanied her father on the trip and this amazing photo was sent to me last night by Congressman Adrian Smith. Hope to see you all out at the airport! #GIpride
- Oct 12
***PLEASE SHARE*** I just finished up an interview with NTV News and will share the content of that conversation with you all. As I have previously stated, I need to do a better job of explaining to people how our local government works. First up --- answering the question of where your property tax dollars go? Here is the actual copy of my personal property tax statement from Hall Co. for 2016 - As you can see, 15.37% of my total property tax money ($760.68 of the $4,949.98 total) goes to the City of Grand Island. The remaining is used by: Hall County, GIPS, Central Community College, Fonner Park, the NRD, Central NE Regional Airport, and the Community Redevelopment Authority. I pay $760 for police and fire protection, nice streets, parks and swimming pools, ball fields, and many other amenities. When the City property tax increase goes into effect this year, I will pay about $125 more per year for these services. Do I want to spend $10 more per month on these services? No. But I also understand that the additional cost was needed to keep my family safe and our parks beautiful. I'm currently working on a chart that illustrates how tax dollars are utilized once received. I think it is important for citizens to know how the General Fund works (Fire + Police + Parks + Recreation + Library + Building + Planning + Emergency Management + Legal + Street + etc) in relation to the Enterprise Funds (Utilities + Waste Water + Solid Waste + etc). I hope to have this diagram included as an insert in an upcoming utility bill. During our budget process next year, I would be more than happy to hear ideas about how our team at City Hall can more efficiently spend that 16 or so cents of each dollar in property tax that you pay...but for right now...let's just hope and pray that our Huskers don't get run over by the Buckeyes on Saturday!