GRAND ISLAND, Neb. — The labors of a former military nurse may help keep the Hall County Courthouse operational.

Hall County recently received one of its largest ever inheritance tax receipts, some of which is put every year into the county’s capital projects fund.

The inheritance tax, from the Helen R. Biegert estate, totaled $349,398. Biegert, who served in the Army Nurse Corps during World War II, was 100 when she died last October in Grand Island.

For perspective, the county typically receives between $800,000 and $1.1 million in inheritance tax each year from the estates of deceased Hall County residents. The single receipt on July 19 made up a third or more of what the county normally expects to bring in annually.

“It’s very unusual to receive one this size,” Hall County Treasurer Peg Pesek said.

The Hall County Courthouse needs more than $1 million of repairs to its heating and cooling system in order to continue housing county and district courts. The County Board has budgeted for some of the repairs from taxpayer-supported funds but earmarked just more than $500,000 from county inheritance tax funds.

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