Court: Neb. museum motel, campground tax exempt

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 13, 2013 at 3:21 pm •  Published: December 13, 2013

"If the campground and motel had lost the tax exemption ... it would have been devastating," Aschwege said, adding that the tax exemptions amounted to between $25,000 and $30,000 a year. "If this decision had been otherwise, the taxes would have accrued for 2011, 2012 and 2013, so it easily would have been a six-figure tax bill that the foundation would have had to pay."

Harold G. Warp of Chicago, the son of the museum's late founder and president of the museum's foundation board, said Friday he is thrilled with the decision, noting that like many other museums around the country, Pioneer Village has struggled in recent years.

"A great emotional burden is off of my back because of this decision today," Warp said. "It's been a pretty long struggle to fight the tax assessor. I hope this is an indication that those struggles are behind us."

State Tax Commissioner Kimberly Conroy said Friday that her office appreciates the ruling.

"It helps gives us necessary guidance in situations like these," she said.

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