The Sarpy County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, Sept. 19, approved an interlocal agreement with the cities of Bellevue, Gretna, La Vista, Papillion and Springfield to create the Sarpy County and Sarpy Cities Wastewater Agency.
Once approved by the five cities, the agency will oversee the construction of a wastewater system to serve the southern portion of Sarpy County, where limited sanitary sewer service is currently available.
The lack of a sewer system is an impediment to development in southern Sarpy County as well as in the cities within the county. The agency serves as a regional solution to address that issue.
“This collaborative interlocal agreement creating the Sarpy County and Sarpy Cities Wastewater Agency is an exciting first step. It will open the door to future development and become the engine of future economic growth in Sarpy County and Nebraska.” said Sarpy County Board Chairman Don Kelly. “We now can eagerly work in conjunction with the development community and public and private organizations to develop planning processes necessary for financing and building this much needed wastewater system.”
Development in southern Sarpy County is estimated to generate incremental annual revenue of:
- $15 million per year in sales tax revenue for Sarpy County cities
- $45 million per year in sales tax revenue for the State of Nebraska
- $19 million per year in property tax revenue for Sarpy County cities
- $21 million per year in property tax revenue for Sarpy County
- $76 million per year in property tax revenue for local school districts
As a joint effort between the county and cities, the agency is a unique approach to building a utility. It will be governed by a 6-member board composed of the chair of the Sarpy County Board of Commissioners and mayors of the five cities. The agency’s budget will need to be approved each year by the Sarpy County Board of Commissioners and the five city councils.
The interlocal agreement also was approved by the city councils in Gretna, La Vista, Papillion and Springfield on Sept. 19. Bellevue will take up the issue on Sept. 25.