Beulah Beacon News

The Beulah Board of Education focused in on two major topics during its last meeting - the Imagination Library and a public hearing on mill valuation increase. Superintendent Todd Kaylor noted that the increase of 12.76 didn’t necessarily mean a tax increase of the same percentage. “In essence it takes the mill levy from last year, calculates the same amount of revenue as requested in this year,” Kaylor said. “The percentage is the increase in mills levied based on that comparison for the 2013 tax, which is a misrepresentation that there is a significant tax shift in property taxes to state responsibility related to educational funding. Patrons can expect to see a significant decrease in property taxes despite this posted 12.76 percent increase.”

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September 18, 2013

Council opts to increase mills

Last week the Beulah City Councilors took a lengthy review of the proposed 2014 budget. Mayor Darrell Bjerke noted at the beginning of the meeting that the council needed to keep in mind that the revenue and expenditures would have to be balanced in moving forward.

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The state’s Native American tribes have openly opposed Basin Electric Power Cooperative’s plans to build a transmission line across a battlefield site that researchers call “the Gettysburg of the Plains.” But the company is not backing down from the project that would provide much-needed electricity to western North Dakota.

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A contentious policy had its first reading last week at the Mercer County Commission, and it didn’t go by without conversation.

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The past may haunt the future of one power line that could provide much-needed electricity to the Bakken, officials said.

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The familiar signs of heavy machinery in fields has returned to cropland throughout the state. In Mercer County, the harvest has started although weather has kept it from progressing too quickly.

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One ruling in a case involving the 2012 shooting death of a man in Beulah was overturned last week.

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The Twin Buttes School opened its doors last week to welcome 45 students into brand new classrooms.

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Mercer County commissioners are ready to vote on a policy that would prohibit any personal use of county equipment.

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Two break-ins came within minutes of each other early this week in Beulah.

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