County budget invests in roads, new jail

Sarpy County

County budget invests in roads, new jail

August 27, 2019

The Sarpy County Board today unanimously approved a budget for Fiscal Year 2020 that keeps the County’s tax levy flat for the fourth year in a row.

The $176 million budget includes investments in infrastructure projects and other services that are essential to continuing the county’s commercial and residential growth. This includes more than $22 million for road projects, $3.7 million for a new jail and $1.25 million for a mental health crisis stabilization center.

“We’re striking a balance with this budget by meeting the immediate needs of a growing county while still saving for the future. And we’re doing it without raising the levy,” said Sarpy County Board Chair Don Kelly. “I commend Chief Financial Officer Conley and his team for their work putting this together.”

Sarpy County hasn’t raised its levy since 2002. In fact, the County Board lowered the levy in 2015 to 29.69 cents per $100 of valuation, where it remains under the new budget. At that rate, the County expects to collect $49.8 million in property taxes, which means 72% of the budget comes from other revenue sources.

Under the levy, the owner of a $200,000 home pays $593.80 in Sarpy County property taxes. That’s roughly $49.50 a month, with which the County provides a 24-hour, 365-day-a-year 911 center; a Sheriff's Department with highly-trained deputies committed to keeping Sarpy County safe; a Public Works Department that plows and maintains thousands of lane miles of roads; the Sarpy County Attorney's Office, which prosecutes offenders; the Sarpy County jail; and other services.

View the budget overview presented by Sarpy County Chief Financial Officer Bill Conley

ALSO AT THE MEETING, the County Board
• approved agreements with the cities of Gretna and Springfield to provide law enforcement services through Aug. 31, 2022.
• awarded a bid to Tab Construction for work on Giles Road from 180th Street to 186th Street, as well as at 168th Street.