NRD Approves Budget with No Increase in Tax Levy

NRD Approves Budget with No Increase in Tax Levy


NRD Approves Budget with No Increase in Tax Levy


     At its September 8th Board of Directors meeting the Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District Board of Directors held a public hearing on its FY 2017 General Operating Budget and then voted to approve a budget that will require no increase in the NRD property tax levy.

    The proposed budget calls for a Fiscal Year 2017 property tax levy of .038034, the same as in FY 2016. The levy would mean that the owner of property valued at $100,000 would pay a total of $38.03 in property taxes next year to support NRD projects. 

     “With our property taxpayers in mind, we continue to hold the line on tax levy increases. This is the 11th year out of the past twelve that the NRD has decreased or held steady its tax levy,” said NRD General Manager, John Winkler.

      The levy is based on an estimated 3.88 percent increase in valuations across the district. The Papio-Missouri River NRD area includes all of Sarpy, Douglas, Washington and Dakota Counties plus the eastern 60% of Burt and Thurston Counties.


     Director Bill Rhea asked that the Board add $142,322 to the Elk/Pigeon Creek Improvement Project Area in Dakota County to complete some major dredging work to assist in relieving flash flood dangers to local landowners. The Board voted to approve Rhea’s motion. “As a result of this increase in funding, the NRD is projected to spend over 3.3 million in subdistrict 1 which includes all of Washington and Dakota Counties plus portions of Burt, Thurston and Douglas Counties,” said John Winkler, NRD General Manager. This is over one million more in spending than property tax revenue from that area,” he said.

     The NRD’s property tax levy amounts to less than two percent of the total property tax bill for residents living within the District’s six-county area. “This NRD serves more residents than any other government body, with the only exception being the State of Nebraska,” said Winkler.


     The budget calls for an estimated $22.8 million in revenue from the NRD’s property tax levy. Total spending is estimated at $70.5 million. “One of the NRD’s strengths is our ability to leverage federal and state cost sharing on projects such as improvements to Missouri River levees south of Bellevue,” said Winkler. “These federal and state cost sharing efforts save local taxpayers millions of dollars,” he said


     “We have a number of vital projects that need to be built for flood control throughout our six-county region, especially the levees that protect Offutt Air Force Base and the brave men and women of the Fighting 55th . We must also construct additional flood control reservoirs that will not only save lives and property but will ultimately lead to the removal of thousands of hard working families and businesses out of the federal flood plain saving them thousands of dollars a year,” Winkler said.     

     “The District, like all government entities, is experiencing increased costs for construction services, maintenance materials, wages, and vendor costs. Maintenance of our aging flood control levees and other infrastructure is costly but absolutely necessary. Levees, dams and trails are no different than streets and bridges, as they age they need maintenance,” he said.



 (Budget Fact Sheet attached) 



Construction to Begin on Pigeon/Jones Watershed Structure


     At this meeting the Board of Directors approved a construction contract with Mathers Construction, totaling $219,879, for Pigeon/Jones #16 Watershed Structure in Dakota County. Pigeon/Jones #16 will be built near 215th Street, approximately 1.5 miles southeast of Kramper Lake and offer grade control on a tributary of Pigeon Creek. This small dam will be the tenth of twenty-two planned for this watershed.

     Sixty percent of the total construction cost will be provided through a Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality grant.

     “We’ve had this watershed targeted for special consideration for many years and we’ve worked cooperatively with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service to get the work done.” said John Winkler, NRD General Manager. He added “It’s a real success story.”

     The Pigeon/Jones Watershed Project is a comprehensive watershed effort to provide flood control, erosion and sediment control and grade stabilization benefits in the 20,316 acre Pigeon/Jones Creek Watershed in Dakota County. The benefits will be realized on thousands of acres of irrigated cropland in the Missouri River bottom lands where the combined Pigeon and Jones Creeks empty into the Pigeon Creek Levee System.



Emmett J Egr, APR

Information/Education Coordinator

Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District

8901 S 154th St, Omaha, NE 68138


eegr [at]