The Kearney County Board of Supervisors voted to appeal a decision from the district court, at their meeting on Tuesday, December 20.
The district ruling decided that KAAPA Ethanol overpaid 2006 property taxes and should receive a refund in the amount of $480,656.76.
The board went into executive session to discuss the matter with attorney Charles Campbell of York and voted to give Campbell permission to file an appeal on the decision from Kearney County District Judge Stephen Illingsworth handed down earlier this month.
Board chairman Richard Schwenka abstained.
Minden Public Schools has been in negotiations with Chuck Woodside, KAAPA CEO, about payments to be made towards a tax refund for 2007 when KAAPA payed taxes as both a real property and a personal property. Courts ruled in their favor in the amount of $553,597 for the 2007 taxes. The Minden Board of Education approved the first payment of $95,000 to be made in January.
MPS also filed a 5-year hardship with Woodside, with this first payment coming out of the district’s contingency fund. They will not, however, make any payments for the 2006 taxes until the appeals process runs its course.
After the decision was made to appeal the KAAPA decision, the board also accepted bids from Kenworth for a new truck and Murphy for a new tractor to replace the county’s 1994 T-800 truck with 297,000 miles on it, as well as the 1984 TOCA trailer that lacks hydraulic detach capability.
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