Gering Recognized for Economic Development Prep, Council Passes Budget

Gering Recognized for Economic Development Prep, Council Passes Budget
Gering Mayor Tony Kaufman (center) is presented with an EDCC recertification certificate by NDE representative Brittany Harding (r), and TCD representative Michelle Coolidge (l) (Miller/KNEB/RRN)
September 16th, 2021 | Scott Miller

The City of Gering has been re-certified by state officials as an Economic Development Certified Community.

During a special meeting Wednesday, Nebraska DED Business Development Consultant Brittany Hardin told the City Council it was exciting to be able to again recognize the community for how it’s prepared to welcome and assist in development projects.

“Not just business projects, community development (and ) housing, you guys are really doing it all right now,” said Hardin. “I can’t think of a better example than last year when you played a huge role in recruiting the Prime Metal Products project to Gering.

The council also approving the a start to the annexation of 42 parcels of land into the community that had been proposed earlier this year, as well as giving final approval to a $37.6 million dollar budget for the coming year. We really partnered with you, as the State of Nebraska, and we really couldn’t be more excited how that turned out.”

The council also approved starting the annexation process for more than 40 parcels of land into the community as had been proposed earlier this year, as well as giving final approval to a $37.6 million dollar budget for the coming year.

Property tax asking by the city will rise by less than $80,000 due to a five percent increase in valuations, but rates will be going up for user fees and most utilities, with the exception of electrical rates.

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