OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – A major error has been created by a computer glitch and 230,000 households in Douglas County will all see the error.
So many calls have come in to the Douglas County Commissioner’s office about the postcard mix-up. They set up an answer to the question before callers could ask it. It didn’t work out and the office staff practiced anyway.
“The information on the front of the card went to someone’s address, say my address, but on the back of the card that actual charge or assessment information on my tax rate could be the rate of ‘estimated tax, it could be for someone who lives several blocks away,’ said chief administrator Patrick Bloomingdale.
The Douglas County Clerk is trying to fix the printer’s error.
“At the end of the day, have a place on their website where you can go there and look up whatever information you might have seen on the postcard, and we ask the print shop to reprint all of theirs. Best of all cases, people would get these new cards, the corrected cards in the mail on Wednesday. The hearing is Wednesday night,” Bloomingdale said.
It’s the day of the hearing and the deadline is too short to try to change the date.
“If we delay the hearing by a week which runs up against the legal deadline of September 30 for setting levies, so if a court has not set its levy or is waiting after the public hearing, that does not would give only two days to get it. done,” Bloomingdale said.
This is the first time these cards have been sent to the public. It became necessary when the The Nebraska Legislature passed a law which provides for a public hearing when a political subdivision requests an increase greater than the authorized percentage growth.
The information on the map regarding the time and location of the meeting is correct, but at this time, even though it is public information, people are still calling the county office upset at the error.
Officials say the printer will bear the cost of reprinting.
If you have any questions about the postcard you received in the mail or would like more information, go to Douglas County Clerks website.
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