Region II Human Services To Hold Meeting To Address Underage Drinking

Region II Human Services would like to invite you to attend a community meeting to discuss prevention programs that address underage drinking among persons aged 12 to 20 years of age in Dawson County. The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Behavioral Health received a new grant; Partnerships for Success.
The meeting is set for February 12th, 2015, from 12-1 p.m. at the Cozad Business Center located at 121 West 9th Street, Suite B, Cozad, Nebraska.
New grant funding will be used to identify factors in the environment that contribute to underage drinking in communities and work together to create positive change. The goal for this new grant is to decrease the number of health, safety and social problems caused by underage alcohol use in Dawson County.
This meeting will be an opportunity for us to explore, share ideas and to gain feedback from community members. This meeting is open to anyone in the community; please feel free to invite others.
Please come and help make a safer environment for the young people in the community. If you have questions, please call Shannon at 308-534-6029 ext. 152.

Personal Property Forms Have Been Mailed, Has A May 1st Deadline

Dawson County Assessor John Moore said this week 2014 personal property forms will soon be in the mail. He added that last year’s inauguration of online filing was well received, so that service will continue as well.
Letters go to every owner who had a schedule last year and still has taxable items. The content of the letter will include an updated preprinted form along with a password or PIN on a postcard. So property owners may go online, file through the regular mail, or at the assessor’s office.
This online service applies only to existing schedules. Any new filing needs to be completed at the assessor’s office, said Moore. The website for online filing is www.personalpropertyonline.us.
Purchases made during 2013 and before need to be added to the 2014 schedule. The tax year begins January 1st. In other words, anything purchased after December 31st, 2013, would not be reported on a 2014 schedule, but in 2015.
Submission of federal depreciation worksheets with the personal property schedules continues to be part of the process as well. Moore pointed out that many property owners may only need to sign their schedules and return them if no new purchases occurred.
The county assessor needs to have the owner’s depreciation worksheet to determine what items are eligible for taxation. This worksheet is initially used for federal income tax purposes. Personal property in Nebraska is taxed on a net book value, or purchase price minus federal depreciation.
Only the assessor and his staff will have access to the individual schedules that are filed electronically. Once the schedule is filed, only the assessor’s office can edit the form, although it may be returned via email to the owner for a change if one is needed.
“It is imperative for those who owned personal property and reported it to my office in 2013, to contact the office again this year, even if it’s to let us know the property is gone.
We are required to file a schedule on the owner’s behalf despite facts unknown to us. If an owner doesn’t clear the record in some fashion, it remains active and may generate a tax statement,” Moore said.
This would only involve those items still listed for depreciation, not a schedule that has been cleared or shows no value, he said.
The owner also needs to carry through even if a professional provider completes the clerical work. The assessor said owners should not assume that their accountant or attorney filed the schedule. They may actually receive a yet to be filed schedule, that needs to be signed and passed along to the assessor by the owner.
However, owners can have the schedule filed on their behalf. If this is done online, they must give passwords to their preparer. Accountants and attorneys will only be able to file online if their client shares the password/PIN, Moore said.
There are penalties involved for late filing based on the amount of tax to be paid - not on the valuation; the late fee initially adds 10 percent onto the taxes, but Moore said that figure could jump to 25 percent for someone who is excessively late. May 1st is the filing deadline.
Even if an owner does not receive a schedule, he or she is still required to file.

47th Annual March Of Dimes Auction Set

The stage is set for the 47th annual March of Dimes Cake Auction that is hosted by the Cozad Jaycees.
This year’s event will be held on Thursday, February 12th at Chipper Hall with first bids being accepted at 9 a.m. and ending promptly at 5:45 p.m.
Food items and non-food items are welcome.  Cozad businesses are being encouraged to donate “Business Baskets”, as these have become popular in recent years.
Items may be dropped off at Chipper Hall beginning at 7:30 a.m.
The Jaycees have set lofty goals for this year’s auction.  They hope to have 200 items donated and raise $5000 for the March of Dimes.
The March of Dimes provides research and education to help give babies a fighting chance against the threats to their health: pre-maturity, birth defects and low birth weight. This organization was founded in 1938 by President Franklin Roosevelt to save America’s youth from polio and today they continue to fight for the lives of every child through continued research, advocacy, community service and education.  
Questions may be directed to Lindsay Erickson or Jessica Beisner at 784-2515.

Cozad Volunteer Fire Department Makes Generous Donation To Kids

Cozad Fire & Rescue continues nearly a decade of supporting Children’s Hospital & Medical Center with a $3,800 donation from proceeds of its annual holiday dinner.
Over the past nine years, Cozad Fire and Rescue, with the support of the Cozad community, has raised more than $23,000 for Children’s Hospital.
Cozad Fire & Rescue also purchased four infant ExerSaucers for patient fun and motor development.
This past summer, Cozad Fire & Rescue transferred two pediatric patients with life-threatening illnesses to the Cozad Community Hospital, where both were stabilized then transferred to Children’s. Due to Children’s expert care, both are now back home, healthy and enjoying time with family and friends.     
“Thank you to all of Children’s staff for making this possible,” said Marlene Williams, rescue chief with Cozad Fire and Rescue. “We give you this donation in return, hoping to make other pediatric patients’ stays a little more comfortable.”

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REIGNING OVER the 2015 Gothenburg High School Coronation and Dance on Saturday evening were King Mason Ackerman (left) and Queen Alayna Collins.

Dollar General Relocates To New Store In Cozad

Dollar General continues to make shopping easier and more convenient for customers in Cozad with the grand opening of its new store at 209 S Meridian Ave on January 31st, beginning at 8 a.m.
Customers will enjoy special deals and free prizes at the grand opening event. Additionally, the first 50 adult shoppers will receive a $10 Dollar General gift card and the first 200 shoppers received a Dollar General tote bag, among other giveaways.
The new store will continue to provide customers with the same value and convenience they have come to rely on, just in a different location.
“Dollar General is committed to delivering a pleasant shopping experience that includes a convenient location, a wide assortment of merchandise and great prices on quality products,” said Dan Nieser, Dollar General’s senior vice president of real estate and store development. “We hope our Cozad customers will continue to enjoy shopping at Dollar General’s new location.”
Some of the store’s new features include seasonal products, easily recognizable departments with visible signage and coolers that are located at the front of the store.
Dollar General stores offer convenience and value to customers by providing a focused selection of national brands and private brands of food, housewares, seasonal items, cleaning supplies, basic apparel and health and beauty care products.
Dollar General is also deeply involved in the communities it serves and is an ardent supporter of literacy and education. At the cash register of every Dollar General store, customers interested in learning how to read, speak English or get their General Education Diploma can pick up a brochure with a postage-paid reply card that can be mailed in for a referral to a local organization that offers free literacy services. Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $97 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 5.8 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education. For more information about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and its grant programs.

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