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County board honors Mach, sets final tax request and tax levies

County board honors Mach, sets final tax request and tax levies

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Mach tribute

HONORED: Supervisor Larry Mach is honored at the first Saunders County Board of Supervisors meeting on Oct. 6 since his death on Sept. 25. Mach and his wife Margaret “Marty”, were killed in a car accident while crossing Highway 92 going south on Highway 109. The board held a moment of silence for Mach and his wife before the meeting began. (Staff Photo by Elsie Stormberg)

WAHOO — After the Pledge of Allegiance during the Saunders County Board of Supervisors meeting on Oct. 6, a moment of silence was held for the passing of District 5 Supervisor Larry Mach and his wife Margaret “Marty” Mach.

This was the first meeting without Mach since a car accident on Sept. 25 which killed Mach and his wife. The county board also honored the Mach with a black cloth draped over his chair and under his name plate. A framed photo of Mach was also positioned at his supervisor desk. 

“I had great respect for his work on the board and especially getting the Veteran of the Month going,” said Supervisor Ed Rastovski of Wahoo.

After roll was called without a call for Mach, the board continued business as usual by setting the county’s final property tax request and tax levies for the 2020-2021 fiscal year. 

The total property tax finalized on Tuesday was $10,139,562.69 which is the same asking amount as last year. Because property valuations went up, the total tax levy went down to be .246046 per $100 valuation. 

In other action, the board accepted the letter of resignation of Zoning Administrator George Borreson and the purchase of a new county front end payloader through a state contract. According to Highway Department Superintendent Steve Mika, the newest payloader the county owns is about 20 years old. 

After much discussion, the board chose to purchase a Doosan Pro 280 for $173,705 over four other options, all priced over $200,000.

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