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Town Hall Meeting in Valley On Reporting Flood Damage

   A town hall meeting will be held Saturday in Valley for area residents to learn how to report flood-damaged property. 

   Douglas County Assessor and Register of Deeds Diane Battiato will meet with residents from 9 to 11 a.m. on June 22 at the Valley flood relief center at 921 S. Mayne St., located at The Campus operated by United Faith Community Church. 

   The Nebraska Legislature recently passed a bill to provide for valuation reductions for property significantly damaged by a natural disaster, which would include this year’s flooding. Battiato said in a news release that property owners must complete Form 425 – Report of Destroyed Real Property to be considered for a reduction in property valuation. 

   “We want to make it as easy as possible for the property owner to apply for consideration,” Battiato said in the release. “The purpose of the town hall meeting is to answer questions property owners might have, as well as explain elements of the reporting process, such as qualifications and documentation.” 

   The Nebraska Department of Revenue announced the new form earlier this month. The form must be filed by July 15 for property that was damaged between Jan. 1 and July 1 of the assessment year.

– Scott Stewart

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