Bluffs council OKs in principle comm center proposal

The Scottsbluff City Council has accepted in principle a proposal by the Scotts Bluff County Commissioners to fund capital improvement to the County's Communications Center pending some language modifications being reviewed by City Attorney Howard Olsen.

The county last month proposed a new inter-local agreement in which the improvements would be funded based on population. Under the suggested breakdown, Scottsbluff would pay 41% of the annual cost for upgrades, Gering 23% and the County 22%, with the smaller communities splitting up the rest of the cost. Mayor Randy Meininger says the funding request gradually reduces over the years as most of the improvements are completed and maintenance becomes the main concern.

Gering Mayor Ed Mayo says the communities involved in the communication center agreement will need to find another source of funding because most of them have their inter-local tax money designated for other things. The cities of Mitchell and Terrytown have delayed a decision on the county's proposal until they work through their budgets and see if their room for funding.

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