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The Spectre of County Consolidation

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This bill, introduced by Senator Pahls (who happens to represent Omaha) offers the very real possibility that county consolidation could happen in the near future (2018).  Under the bill, Valley County would be consolidated with Custer County, which means we lose our county seat status.

The economic ramifications for our area would be severe and swift.  I expect this to be one of many efforts from the urban Senators that will continue to shift the balance of power ever eastward in Nebraska.  LB826 also means less self-determination for us in rural communities, dictated to us by those in the urban core.  You’re seeing it happen with the current consolidation of governmental services and you’ll see it shift even more as we near the date for legislative redistricting.

LB826 is indicative of both the philosophical and political balance of power shifting eastward.  I’ll be traveling to Lincoln in February to advocate for our rural communities and this bill especially will be a focus of my efforts while in town.  Let’s hope it doesn’t fall on deaf ears.

UPDATE:  My buddy from St. Paul sends along the article that proposes Valley County become a part of Custer County.  Have a look at the Platte Institute’s report here.  Pay special attention to pages 10 and 12, as each document the gradual population shift ever eastward.  Finally, don’t forget to exercise your right to free speech and *please* express your concern to your local state senator.  For those in Ord you can contact Senator Kate Sullivan here.

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Written by Caleb

January 13, 2010 at 7:40 pm

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  1. […] a comment » I mentioned about a week ago a new bill, LB826, that would introduce an effort to consolidate the rural counties in Nebraska.  […]


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