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(Audio) Dawson county budget unchanged, levy lowered | KRVN Radio

(Audio) Dawson county budget unchanged, levy lowered

(Audio) Dawson county budget unchanged, levy lowered
RRN/file photo Dawson County Commissioners

"The same day you've got your budget here...the price of corn is in the tubes... I appreciate anything you guys can do to get the budget down." *Alan Rickertsen spokesman for Taxpayers Lives Matter

The spokesman for “Taxpayers Lives Matter” went before the Dawson County Board on Wednesday to ask questions about their proposed 2016-17 budget. Alan Rickertsen questioned why the proposed budget is well above what is actually spent…

“So a year ago…say on this sheet here, it would have said that your budget’s $39.3 million, but you ended up spending $24.1 million. So next year this 37 probably won’t be 37? (total budget $37,882,495.42)…(audible “no”  from Commissioner Bill Stewart) OK, fair enough…”

The Commissioners said the county budget sometimes lists the same expense in two places, making it appear like there’s double-billing, when it fact, the expense is only paid for once. They admitted that it’s a complicated document to understand.

Alan Rickertsen commended the commissioners for holding the county’s property taxes “level” at just under $10.2 million ($10,174,669.07).

The levy goes from 32 cents last year to under 31 cents per $100 of valuation  in the new budget.

The Commissioners voted 4-0 in favor of passing the budget. Commissioner P.J. Jacobson of Cozad was absent from the meeting.

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