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News Briefs for September 28, 2012

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28 September, 2012 (All day)

 
County abates taxes on home lost to fire
The Morgan County Council granted a tax abatement to Loydene Berg, who recently lost her home in a tragic fire.
The council unanimously voted to forgive Berg of the obligation to pay $1,595 in property taxes to the county for 2012.
“We express our condolences,” Councilman Robert Kilmer said. “It is horrible for anyone to go through.”
The amount included the valuation of both property and a home.  The home was completely lost to the Sept. 4 fire.  The property, which is commercial, will likely be reassessed in January 2013 to adjust for loss of a residential structure.
Councilwoman Tina Kelley said she supported the abatement, adding, “This is the community I live in.”
Berg expressed her appreciation.
“This is a lovely community,” she said.  “My intent is to stay and figure things out.”
County pledges monetary support of the American Lands Council
The Morgan County Council voted to spend $5,000 to join the Amcerican Land Council’s fight against the federal government.  The money will come from the general fund and provide the county with a one-year membership.
“We want to participate in the effort to educate the public on the efforts they are making to acknowledge the constitutional rights of the state,” Council Chairwoman Tina Kelley said. 
“We need to stand up and be heard,” Councilman Robert Kilmer said.  “Too many don’t think we can fight the federal government.  I think they ought to know they can’t get away with this.
“It is a worthwhile investment,” Councilman Ned Mecham said. “It is worth the fight.”
The American Lands Council was recently formed to address land issues, including federal intrustion on private property.