Lincoln County Commissioners Work To Put Spending Plan Under Cover Of State | Local
“It’s there when we need something, and we need something,” Weems said.
County board members agreed they needed to do what they could to help employees with families pay better for their health care costs. The county regularly paid a portion of the premiums for single coverage.
Over the years, “we haven’t improved our (family) coverage, and the company has,” said Commissioner Bill Henry.
Commissioners set their official public hearing and vote on the budget for September 13, which stood at $ 61.46 million for all funds – including cash reserves – before Monday’s changes.
Nebraska’s regime of caps on budgets and property tax rates, which dates from 1996, excludes bond payments and certain other types of expenses from the budget cap.
Local governments cannot increase spending in the remaining ‘earmarked funds’ by more than 2.5%, unless their board votes in favor of increasing its spending power in these funds until at 3.5%.
Taking this option every year had been routine for County Council until Monday, when it quickly became apparent that the new members did not want to add the extra 1% this time around.
First-year commissioner Chris Bruns said he had looked at departmental budgets “and found things a little out of place. We have to find a way to cut.