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Police and fire pensions

Taxpayers are responsible for paying defined-benefit pension plans even if investments on the pension funds don't make enough money. The city broke out the property tax amount for the police and fire pensions separately for the first time last year in order to be more transparent, said Brandon Kauffman, city finance director. 

Tax rate: $0.03466 per $100 taxable value 

A Doniphan man died Thursday when his tractor was struck by a train near a village east of Hastings, according to the Nebraska State Patrol.

The crash happened at about 10:30 a.m. at an unmarked BNSF railroad crossing near Road 318 and Road E, just east of the village of Inland. 

A convoy of farm vehicles was moving from one field to another when the tractor driven by Kurt Unger, 60, was struck as it pulled a grain cart across the tracks, said Cody Thomas, a patrol spokesman.

Unger was pronounced dead at the scene.

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The crash remains under investigation but doesn't appear intentional, Thomas said.

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Assistant city editor

Zach Pluhacek is an assistant city editor.

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