Lowest County Tax Dollar Request Since 2013 Approved, Tractor Bids Tabled Until Next Meeting

WAYNE – The Wayne County Board of Commissioners held their regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday morning.

From the Courthouse meeting room, one of the main goals commissioners wanted to get through was the budget.

The 2017-18 total budget is just over $21.606 million ($21,606,880). The total tax dollar request is over $4.5 million ($4,590,091.02), a decrease of $177, 298.72 or 3.8%. This is the lowest tax dollar request since 2013.

Chairmen Jim Rabe said it went good.

“I was happy to get everything down, lower everything,” said Rabe. “At least the budget wasn’t higher, but the valuation was higher.”

The total valuation of Wayne County did see an increase of $3.9 million to $1,908,675,422. But, the Wayne County 2017-18 tax levy will be .240486, down $9.81 on $100,000 in valuation.

Beginning cash balances do not include County Court petty cash fund, UNL Extension non-tax bash box and Soldiers & Sailors Fund.

Commissioners approved motions to increase the restricted funds by 1%, adopt the 2017-18 budget and tax dollar request.

Jerad Reimers, Community Liaison attended the meeting and gave an update to the board from the office of Congressman Adrian Smith.

Rabe talked about some of the cuts the state has made to Region 4 in the area and if the Congressman could do anything about it.

“We’ve had people that are getting laid off because the funding is not going to be there,” Rabe added. “I asked Robyn (Hurlbert) about that and she said we have to step up and take that, and I said ok how long before you’re burned out or some of you girls are burned out because of the extra load.”

Five different trucking companies, four from Norfolk sent in their bids for a tandem axle truck tractor for Jim’s District (District Three). Those included Freightliner Truck Center, RDO Truck Centers, Cornhusker International Trucks, INC and Peterbilt all from Norfolk as well as I State Truck Center from Sioux City, Iowa.

“But the average I would say probably $112,000 somewhere in there,” Rabe mentioned. “Everyone has different specs with it, different things, different features. So, we’ll be checking them; we’ll have to go check them all out.”

Bids have several additional options from the base packages, years range from 2017-2019, immediate delivery in stock or from 60-120 days or end of January 2018.

Bids will be looked over and a decision will be made during the next meeting on Tuesday, September 19 starting at 9 a.m.

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