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.