Pioneer Village to Keep Tax Exempt Status

OMAHA (AP) - A central Nebraska attraction that celebrates the state's pioneer roots will be able to keep property tax exemptions for its adjacent motel and campground facilities. The Nebraska Supreme Court on Friday reversed a decision in 2011 by the Nebraska Tax Equalization and Review Commission, also known as TERC, that found Pioneer Village Museum's motel and campgrounds in Minden should not get the same property tax exemptions as the museum because they are not used solely for educational purposes, like the museum. But the state's high court found that because the museum's collection of 50,000 exhibits is so extensive and would take more than a day to see, the motel and campgrounds are necessary to accomplish the educational purposes of the museum and should be tax exempt.