County budget prioritizes roads, new jail

Sarpy County

County budget prioritizes roads, new jail

August 28, 2018

On Aug. 28 the Sarpy County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a budget for Fiscal Year 2019 that keeps the County’s levy flat for the fourth year in a row.  

The $164 million budget includes investments in infrastructure projects and other services that are essential to continuing the county’s commercial and residential growth. A new Major Prioritized Road Projects Fund will hold and accumulate money for large-scale road projects prioritized by the County Board, while additional money will be set aside in the Sinking Fund to build a new jail.

 “Our staff did an incredible job striking a balance between investing in the future and holding the line for Sarpy County taxpayers,” said Sarpy County Board chair Don Kelly. “Without raising the levy, we’re setting aside money for roads, sewers and a new jail, all of which we’ll need as the county continues to grow.”

The County’s levy will remain at 29.69 cents per $100 of valuation. Sarpy County hasn’t raised the levy since 2002.

“This is a prudent budget and a responsible budget,” Kelly added. “It provides funds for future projects and sets aside a reserve for those things we don’t expect.”

Other highlights from the approved budget:

  • Funds the dynamic system resiliency and multi-node projects, which will provide greater redundancy and reduce the possibility of outages in Emergency Communications (911).
  • Creates a Mental Health budget to support the Mental Health Leadership Team, who will be focusing on a holistic approach to mental health issues across the county, including those at the Sarpy County jail.
  • Sets aside funds for future infrastructure needs near Werner Park, an area that is quickly developing.

Budget overview presented by Fiscal Administrator Brian Hanson