NPPS files tort claim for expense reimbursement

North Platte Public School District officials filed a tort claim Monday with the Lincoln County Commissioners for expense reimbursements. (Source: Beatriz Reyna/KNOP-TV)

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. KNOP-TV The North Platte Public School District is entering the final stages in an attempt to recoup financial losses they incurred due to missed funding deadlines by the Lincoln County Treasurer's Office.

The errors from county treasurer's office cost the county six million dollars and the school district three million dollars.

In return, the school district was forced to file a tax anticipation note this past summer for $3.4 million to help compensate for their loss.

"We were able to pay off the notes, but we just want to cover all of the fees that cost us to pay for the those," said North Platte Public School District Executive Director of Finance Facilities and Operations Stuart Simpson.

On Monday, the district filed a tort claim for $70,000 to cover interest on the bonds and processing fees.

"Their insurance company will then have investigators to just basically clarify again why we did it? why the cost? and what the detailed costs were?" Simpson said.

In other business, Lincoln County Commissioners approved five grant applications from the Lincoln County Visitors Bureau Advisory Committee for tourism improvement projects.

A total of $34,913 in grants were approved.

North Platte American Legion Baseball will receive $10,000 for their backstop project at Bill Wood Field.

Buffalo Bill Kiwanis will receive $2,500 for new playground equipment at Iron Horse Park.

North Platte Community Playhouse was awarded $6,550 to replace lighting in the theatre and repair the stage floor.

Sutherland Anchor Memorial Park was approved $1,000 for continued upgrades.

Lincoln County Historical Museum will receive $14,863 for their archives project.

The grants are funded through the two percent lodging tax.