Jail Population, Road Conditions Discussed in Preliminary Gage County Budget

BEATRICE – Gage County officials don’t expect any major initiatives costing a lot of money, in this coming year’s budget.  But, there are a few areas of concern.   One is the growing Gage County Detention Center population, and how much money will have to be allocated toward holding prisoners. Before the end of the current budget year, June 30th, supervisors approved several budget transfers from the general fund to the jail budget, to handle higher expenses.

Two supervisors, Erich Tiemann and John Hill, are concerned about the condition of sections of asphalt road east of Filley, and on the Holmesville Road.

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A five-mile stretch of the road east of Filley is wearing out, while about a ten-mile stretch of the Holmesville Road needs attention.  Board member Matt Bauman says the Filley to Adams road is another stretch showing some wear.

County officials are considering armor-coating another 37 miles of asphalt road in the county this coming year…a maintenance measure to extend the life of road surfaces.  Gage County approved a ten-year-road bond issue backed by gas tax revenue.  That bond work extends through 2023.

Gage County must approve the new budget by September 20th.   A public hearing would be held before that vote.

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