NORTH PLATTE, Neb. The budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year has been passed.
The North Platte City Council met at 6:00 p.m. Thursday at City Hall and voted on the budget. It received a 5 to 3 vote with Ty Lucas, James Carman and Ed Rieker voting no.
Discussions were had for over an hour about different items on the budget including an amendment to the budget that includes taking $200,000 from the Iron Eagle Golf Course fund and putting it into the General Fund. That amendment passed 8 to 0.
City Council Member for Ward 4, Ed Reiker said we need to reduce government costs to entice more people here.
"We need to work diligently to reduce government costs so that when people look at North Platte and Lincoln County they can say they've got the cheapest taxes out here I think we outta move to North Platte because our business costs are going to be lower because we don't have to pay the government so much."
The council also voted on the property tax rate for next year which passed 6 to 2 with James Carman and Ed Rieker voting no.