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Logan County Board Chairman calls voters to support referendum that without raising taxes creates levy for Veteran's Emergency Assistance

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To the editor:

Several months ago the Logan County Board voted unanimously to place on the March 15th ballot a referendum to provide funding for local Veterans and their families. Although I typically do not favor new levies, this one is worth supporting, and I encourage you to vote “Yes.”

For the majority of readers who are concerned about further tax increases, a “Yes” vote will not raise your taxes. The County operates under “Tax Caps” which means the Treasurer can only collect a fixed amount of money. This modest levy means that of the revenue the County receives, our Veterans will be entitled to a small portion of it to help meet their needs.

When I was elected Chairman of the Logan County Board one of my stated goals was for our community to become one of the most “military-friendly’ in the State. We have already established a Burial Assistance Commission, which provided an indigent World War II widow with a dignified internment.

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The Board is working with a recruiter to create a military benefits information center at the Courthouse. We have hosted the Regional Coordinator for the National Guard’s Lincoln’s Challenge Academy to provide intervention for at-risk 16 to 18-year-olds. We became a Purple Heart community last fall and event extended a Veteran’s discount for pet adoptions. Last month we officially recognized the creation by our various Posts of a Veteran’s Assistance Commission and the requested levy will provide the VAC with the funds to serve those who have served us.

I most respectfully ask you to join me in voting “Yes” on March 15th.

David Hepler

[Posted March 4, 2016]

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