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Sarpy county budget invests in roads, new jail

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Posted at 9:19 AM, Aug 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-28 10:22:38-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The Sarpy County Board unanimously approved a budget for 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 overall 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.”

The County's tax levy has not been raised since 2002. The levy was lowered in 2015 to 29.69 cents per $100 valuation, where it remains under the new budget. The county expects to collect nearly $50 million in property taxes at that rate, which means 72 percent of the budget comes from other revenue sources.