Property values increased 38 percent across Antelope County with Orchard seeing the largest growth in the county.
Assessor Heather McWhorter, who certified the valuations this week, said the increase is "due to a combination of ag values, the new CVA facility and, of course, the wind farm."
Putting the valuation increase in perspective, McWhorter said in real property value, the Central Valley Ag facility alone is valued at $19,213,010.
Antelope County's total valuation was certified at $2,304,294,913. That's up from $1,669,515,399 in 2013.
Orchard's valuation went up from $9,944,068 to $12,709,907. The value attributed to growth was $1,750,204, which was the largest growth seen in the county. Neligh's growth was $904,345 while Clearwater's was $834,646. Elgin's value attributed to growth was $652,837.
Unified District #1 Superintendent Dale Martin said Orchard's growth was mainly attributed to the CVA facility now being on the tax roll. In 2013, the growth was $213,695, as compared to $1.75 million in 2014.
"We had a pretty good idea of the growth with land sales in the area as well as with the CVA," Martin said. "But it is higher than we thought it might be."
All of the communities in the county saw an increase in property valuations.
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