Lincoln County settles on 2019-2020 budget

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - The Lincoln County Board of Comissioners led a public hearing on Monday to discuss the proposed 2019-2020 budget, totaling about 55 million dollars.

Several citizens spoke at the public hearing on Monday to discuss their support for improving road conditions. (Source: Erika Siebring/KNOP TV).

This is an increase of about 22 percent from last year. This spending boost is due to the board issuing a 4 million dollar bond and other funds to improve road conditions throughout the county. The board is also allowing funds for Lincoln County Jail increases. The county tax rate has increased about 18 percent from last year and so has the mill levy.

"I think in around 2013 we were around 32 cents, that went down every year," Board Chairman Joe Hewgley said. "Last year I think we were at 25 or 26 cents and this year we're back up to 30 cents because of those additions."

The board passed the budget unanimously.