Sarpy County adopts $ 241.5 million budget for 2022


PAPILLION, Neb. (WOWT) – The Sarpy County Council of Commissioners voted unanimously on Tuesday to pass the county’s budget for the coming year.

The board has set a budget of $ 241.5 million that invests “heavily in the future”, with funds to cover a new correctional center, mental health initiatives and major road improvements, according to a county statement.

Sarpy County plans to use $ 20 million to boost road projects funded by the $ 40 million in bonds already available. The county has also allocated $ 19 million to the Sarpy County Correctional Center, supplementing the $ 41 million in bond funds already set aside for the project. There are also plans to redevelop the administrative wing of the courthouse, which will become necessary as construction of the correctional center begins.

The budget also uses $ 36.3 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds, which allow eligible costs to be spent until the end of 2026.

County officials are also proud of what the budget does not include: an increase in property taxes.

“No one wants to pay more taxes, including me. But the citizens of Sarpy County deserve excellent infrastructure, a safe community and a very high quality of life. This budget does that and provides our citizens with a transparent and honest assessment of how we are spending their hard-earned money, ”said Sarpy County Board Chairman Don Kelly.

According to the release, Sarpy County has not increased its property tax since 2008 and actually lowered it in 2015 to 29.69 cents per $ 100 of assessment.

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