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Voting Debate Heats Up Small Town

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NEHAWKA, Neb. (KPTM) It's not sparks, but charges of cheating that are flying around in a small town near Omaha.

Nehawka's fire station burned down about a year ago, but Monday, it was a different kind of fire.

"This election should stand, it was a legal election," said Ruth Huckleberry.

On Thursday, September 5th, Huckleberry and other voted for two new members running for open positions on the fiver person Cass County Rural Fire board.

Huckleberry said she voted, but it wasn't counted.

"They want a say in how their money is spend, and their safety is insured," said Huckleberry.

The rural fire board controls the money for the Nehawka fire department.

"There are only certain people who can vote in these elections," said Huckleberry.

The Nehawka fire department is different than others.  Even though the building sits in Nehawka, people who live in town don't pay any sort of tax.  The people who pay taxes for the Nehawka fire department live outside the town.  The only people who can vote in the rural fire board elections have to live outside the town.

Members of the rural fire board said the vote on Thursday threw them for a loop. "We tabled the vote until we could figure out who can vote and who can not vote from state statues and maybe a lawyer to decide what is right and wrong," said Duane Murdoch.

Murdoch has been on the rural fire board for 15 years.

"We need new blood in there because the people serving on the board now have no idea what they are responsible for or even how to go about getting elected," argued Huckleberry.

"We've never had this type of situation before, it's usually just somebody basically volunteers for the board and they do it because nobody ever wants to do it," said Murdoch.


Murdoch said the board has spoken with Cass County attorney to make sure the vote was correct.

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