What happened in the Midlands on this day? Here’s a sampling from the World-Herald archives.
election costs city $21,246
December 24, 1946: The City was asked to pay $21,246.13 as its share of the cost of the November 5 election. Joseph A. Vojir, County Election Commissioner, informed the City Council by letter that the total of the election for 57 elective offices and propositions was $37,998.75. He said 22 of these issues were submitted by the City, making its share $14,666.17. In addition, he explained, there must be added costs which applied only to the City special election, making the total $21,246.13.
1977: The time may be coming to an end when you could put a dime in a pay phone and get a dial tone. And you may have to start paying for directory assistance calls after the first three per month. And your monthly phone rate may go up 20 percent. Those were among the ways Northwestern Bell Telephone Co. would raise more revenue if its rate increase request for Nebraska was granted, the company said.
1985: Nebraska employers would pay about $3.5 million more into the state unemployment insurance fund next year, State Labor Commissioner Ron Sorensen said. He had set the 1986 reserve ratio rate at 11.5 percent, halfway between the current 11 percent and the proposed 12 percent. The reserve ratio was the ratio between an employer’s average payroll and the balance in the company’s unemployment fund. The higher the ratio, the less the employer had to contribute to the state fund.
2006: Ralston Mayor Don Groesser earned a spot representing his city on the National League of Cities Board of Directors. Groesser was elected this month to the 40-member board of the league, which was the largest national organization that represents municipal governments. His term lasts two years. Also elected to the board was Lynn Rex, executive director of the League of Nebraska Municipalities. “I was surprised when I was elected,” Groesser said. “There was competition from every state, and Ralston is such a small city in the middle of the country.”