Gage County Board OK’s New Budget

BEATRICE – The Gage County Government budget for 2017-2018 received approval Wednesday.   The tax requirement to operate county government, passed by the county board, totals about $9.6 million.  That compares with just under $9.3 million, the past year.  It’s a more than 3% increase in tax request, over the past year’s plan.   The figure was whittled down in stages, from a 15% increase requested by county departments.

The budget includes proposed spending of up to $26.5 million, with a cash reserve of $2.2 million.

The Gage County tax rate, under the plan is about 29.76 cents per hundred dollars of property valuation…compared with 28.8 cents the past year.

Supervisor Gary Lytle says there’s a need to continually look for savings.

:34                  “a yearly basis”

Today was the public hearing on the budget, but typically there’s no public testimony.  That was the case again, this year.  County Finance Chairman Matt Bauman says the county is always open to feedback.

:33                  “the input”

The county spends about $5.2 million in wages and benefits.

Supervisors approved agreements to provide funding to certain entities for which there is no legal obligation to do so.

Agreements will provide $23,000 in support to the Beatrice Public Library, $3,600 to the Wymore Public Library, and $17,000 in county funding for the Beatrice Humane Society.

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