COLUMBUS- Loup Power District officials recently presented lease payment checks totaling more than $800,000 to area communities.
The payments represent 10 percent of the retail revenue generated by the sale of electric power in each of the communities for the fourth quarter of 2016. Columbus was paid $778,843; Genoa $16,856; and Creston $4,624.67. Each of the communities owns their electric distribution systems and the payments compensate them for the use of those systems.
Communities use the funds for a variety of public projects.