Sarpy jail budget story

The Sarpy County Law Enforcement Center has housed the County Jail since it was built in 1989. By the 1990s, the jail was already exceeding its capacity. The 2019 budget approved by Sarpy County sets aside money for a new jail.

Sarpy County’s proposed $164 million budget for 2019 sets aside funding for a new jail and more roads.

The tax levy remains flat, though the county budget is growing. That’s able to happen because of growth in the county and because of increased valuations.

The Sarpy County Board unanimously approved the budget, which is up 7.7 percent from last year, at a meeting Tuesday afternoon.

The county’s total valuation saw an increase of about 6.6 percent over last year, and 3.4 percent of that was from growth. The rest comes from re-evaluations of existing properties.

Both the new jail and building roads were identified as priorities during a County Board retreat earlier this year.

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This year’s budget sets aside about $7 million for building a new jail, including design work, land acquisition and construction costs down the road. Some of that won’t be spent this year, but will be saved for future construction costs.

The budget also features about $31 million for road projects. First up: improvements at 108th Street and Platteview Road.

The property tax levy remains at 29.69 cents per $100 of valuation for the 16th year. That’s a county tax bill of a little less than $300 for a $100,000 home.

The budget also sets aside $1 million for future infrastructure around Werner Park, though nothing is planned at the moment, said spokeswoman Megan Stubenhofer-Barrett. “We anticipate this will be an area of growth and development,” she said.

Correction: A $100,000 home would see a nearly $300 bill for the county’s portion of annual property tax based on the current county levy. An earlier version of this story misstated the amount.

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