Property tax rates for Gretna and Springfield will remain flat under 2013-2014 budgets adopted this week.
Gretna's City Council set the city's tax rate at 46 cents per $100 of assessed value, which translates to a city tax bill of $690 for a home valued at $150,000.
Springfield's tax rate also remains virtually unchanged at 82 cents per $100 of assessed value, for a city tax bill of $1,236 for a house assessed at $150,000. Springfield has the highest municipal tax rate in Sarpy County.
In Gretna, the budget includes $100,000 allocated for downtown streetscape improvements and the addition of a part-time employee in the building and zoning department to help the city process its increased economic development workload.
In Springfield, the council budgeted $285,000 for a Buffalo Park splash pad but delayed funding for several public works projects, including a $115,000 phase of downtown street improvements for the southeast corner of Second and Main Streets, near the Springfield Drug & Soda Fountain.
Springfield Mayor Mike Dill said it was a tough budget year, owing to a city-wide drop in property valuations. That gave the city a smaller property tax base to draw from.
“There's a lot of things working against the cities now, including valuations,” Dill said. “It was a tough budget session for us.”
Tax rates remained unchanged in Papillion and La Vista as well, while Bellevue was forced to raise its tax rate by 4.5 cents to close a $5 million budget gap.