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Landowners to meet to discuss NCORPETell North Platte what you think

A meeting of landowners who want to persuade NCORPE to sell the land above it’s water pumping operation in southern Lincoln County will be held Monday morning.

The land – about 19,000 acres in all – has been removed from the property tax rolls because it is owned by NCORPE, a government agency.

Water from the aquifer below the ground is being pumped into the Republican and Platte Rivers to meet state and federal river needs.

The landowners accept the requirement to pump the water, but oppose ownership of the land by the government. Before NCORPE owned the land, the taxes contributed to operating the schools, the county, cemeteries and fire departments. The Wallace school received more than $100,000 a year from those taxes.

The meeting is set to begin at 9 a.m. at the American Legion building in Wallace, at 217 S. Commercial Ave.

The organization will be called “Landowners for a Common Purpose,” organizer Kirk Olsen said in announcing the meeting.

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