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Blaine County

Blaine County Seat (pop.): Brewster (12)

Cities, Towns, and Villages (pop.): Dunning (80), Halsey (76), Purdum (21)

Courthouse Address and Hours:

145 Lincoln Avenue
Brewster, Nebraska 68821
M-F 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

County Board Chairperson: Roger Guggenmos

Complete list of county board members

County Board Meetings: 4th Wednesday

View the County's Government Maps

Visit the County Fairgrounds

NACO District: West Central

District President: Cayla Richards, Red Willow Commissioner

District First Vice President: Brett Nason, McPherson County Commissioner

District Second Vice President: Corey Crandall, Keith County Commissioner

District Secretary/Treasurer: Penelope Cooper, Red Willow Deputy County Clerk

NACO Board Representative: Earl McNutt, Red Willow County Commissioner

Click for a live look at Blaine County (south of Brewster)


Population: 461
Land area (sq. mi.): 710.69
Population per square mile: 0.6


White: 95.0%
African American: 0.4%
American Indian: 0.4%
Asian: 0.0%
Hispanic: 2.6%
Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander: 0.0%


0-17: 21.0%
18-64: 58.6%
65+: 20.4%


Personal income per capita: $62,594
% of population in poverty: 13.3
# of housing units: 299
Owner-occupied rate: 67.9%
Median home price: $91,780


Access to broadband (100 Mbps via fiber or cable model): 54.7%

Sources: National Association of RealtorsNebraska Library CommissionU.S. Bureau of Economic AnalysisU.S. Census Bureau

Employment, Schools, and Child Care

Unemployment rate: 3.3% (as of September 2022)

County Employment Website:

High school graduate or higher: 94.1%

Bachelor's degree or higher: 23.1%

School Districts: Anselmo-Merna Public Schools, Loup County Public Schools, Sandhills Public Schools, Sargent Public Schools

Blaine County Economy

Annual Gross Domestic Product (2020): $28,843,000

Ag. Producers (Cattle): 82

Ag. Producers (Crop): 29

Electricity Provider: Custer PPD

Rail-served Communities: Dunning, Halsey

Sources: National Agricultural Statistics Service (USDA), Nebraska Cooperative Council, Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary EducationNebraska Department of TransportationNebraska Office of the CIO, Nebraska Power Review Board, U.S. Bureau of Economic AnalysisU.S. Bureau of Labor StatisticsU.S. Census Bureau

2022 Levies and Valuation

County levy rate: $0.2209 per $100 of taxable valuation

County property taxes levied: $783,102

Total local government property taxes levied: $3,360,111

Total countywide taxable valuation: $354,518,194

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County Levy and Taxation Laws

Levy limits

Since 1996, counties and other political subdivisions have been subject to the levy limits listed in Neb. Rev. Stat. § 77-3442 and Neb. Rev. Stat. § 77-3443.

Statutes and regulations

Nebraska Revised Statutes (Chapter 77)

Nebraska Administrative Code (Title 350)

Local tax reductions, exemptions, and credits:

Neb. Rev. Stat. § 76-902(5)(a) (Deed "stamp tax" exemption): "The [stamp tax] shall not apply to: ... (5)(a) Deeds between spouses, between ex-spouses for the purpose of conveying any rights to property acquired or held during the marriage, or between parent and child, without actual consideration therefor."

Neb. Rev. Stat. § 77-201(2) (Agricultural land and horticultural land valuation): "Agricultural land and horticultural land as defined in section 77-1359 shall constitute a separate and distinct class of property for purposes of property taxation, shall be subject to taxation, unless expressly exempt from taxation, and shall be valued at seventy-five percent of its actual value, except that for school district taxes levied to pay the principal and interest on bonds that are approved by a vote of the people on or after January 1, 2022, such land shall be valued at fifty percent of its actual value."

Neb. Rev. Stat. § 77-6703(1) (Tax credit for school district taxes paid): "(1) For taxable years beginning or deemed to begin on or after January 1, 2020, under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, there shall be allowed to each eligible taxpayer a refundable credit against the income tax imposed by the Nebraska Revenue Act of 1967 or against the franchise tax imposed by sections 77-3801 to 77-3807. The credit shall be equal to the credit percentage for the taxable year, as set by the department under subsection (2) of this section, multiplied by the amount of school district taxes paid by the eligible taxpayer during such taxable year."

Sources: Nebraska Department of Revenue

State Senator: Tom Brewer (District 43)
Committees: Agriculture, General Affairs, Government, Military and Veterans Affairs, State-Tribal Relations, Redistricting

Map and statistics for Legislative District 43

Map of all districts in the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature

Blaine County History

Year Founded: 1885

Etymology: James G. Blaine (Congressman, Senator, and President candidate)

Although named for the Republican Party's 1884 presidential candidate, Blaine County owes a greater debt to George Washington Brewster, who helped settle the area at great personal expense. While other homesteaders departed the region after surveying the soil quality and lacking rainfall, Brewster established his homestead near the North Loup River. Beginning in 1884, Brewster spent considerable money helping to build the town, including constructing a bridge and establishing a newspaper.

Ladora was originally selected as the county seat in 1886. However, in 1887, Blaine County held a general election, during which the town of Brewster became the county seat. The county set about constructing a courthouse that lasted for nearly twenty years before a fire forced construction of a new courthouse in 1907. That structure then enjoyed remodeling and the construction of an addition in the 1960’s and 70’s and now continues to serve Blaine County residents as their courthouse today.

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License Plate Number: 86

Time Zone: Central

Zoned County: No

Number of Veterans: 53

Voter Turnout (2022): 59.77%

Emergency Mgt. Planning, Exercise and Training (PET) Region: North Central/Sandhills

Number of County-Owned Bridges: 17

State Lands (acres): Milburn Dam WMA (672)

Sources: Nebraska Department of Transportation, Nebraska Emergency Management AgencyNebraska Game & Parks CommissionNebraska LegislatureNebraska Office of the CIONebraska Secretary of StateU.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (eCFR)