LINCOLN — Logan County voters will be asked to support a 0.03 percent tax levy for the new Veterans Assistance Commission.
The primary election is March 15.
The commission will be operated by veterans for veterans and is mandated by law, said Michelle Ramlow, post commander of Lincoln VFW 1756. The Logan County Board has approved the formation of the commission and the referendum would create a funding source, she said.
“The county has to pay for this one way or another,” Ramlow said. “It’s not really a new tax. It’s a small increase of the property tax."
If passed, the levy would cost about an extra $10 per year on a $100,000 home, she said.
“We would like to open an office in the courthouse, hire a supervisor and assist veterans with things such as transportation costs if they have to go to the VA for medicine or a doctor’s appointment,” she said. “It depends on what needs that present themselves that need to be addressed. We want to help veterans get their claims started with the VA. We want to be that one-stop shop so if they have a question about anything, we are the first place they stop.”
Ramlow says she understands that nobody likes to pay more taxes, but is hoping that people understand that the tax will assist those who served.
“It’s about investing in veterans,” she said. “We feel that most people will do what’s best for veterans and hope that holds true in this election.”
Elsewhere on the primary ballot, one race will determine a spot on the November ballot for county board. Janet Dahmm and Casey Hoag, both Republicans, are competing for the vacant District Two seat.