LENRD approves a lower tax levy for fiscal year 2017 budget

The 2017 fiscal year budget for the Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District (LENRD) was approved by the board of directors at their August 25th meeting.

The tax request for 2017 is $4,390,132.  The budget of all expenditures shows a 10.5% decrease of over $1 million from last year, due to the grant funding secured by the district.

The estimated levy based on the property tax request is 2.401 cents per $100 of valuation, a decrease of 0.2% from the fiscal year 2016 levy of 2.406 cents per $100 of valuation.  For example, if a person owns a $100,000 house, the taxes owed to the LENRD would have been $24.06 in 2016, and will be approximately $24.01 in 2017.

The funds received by the LENRD are returned to the citizens of the district, through projects, programs, and studies across all or parts of 15-counties in northeast Nebraska.  Some of these conservation benefits include:  water quality and quantity programs such as groundwater management, flood control, and nitrate management; as well as erosion control, cost-share to landowners who apply for conservation practices, recreation areas and trails, urban recreation and community forestry programs, and many other benefits that protect our natural resources.

LENRD general manager, Mike Sousek, said, “We are working together to create a budget that not only addresses our 12 responsibilities, but that also focuses on improving the quality of life for the citizens across our district.  We are doing more with less, by focusing on efficiencies and streamlining processes to protect our natural resources for the benefit of everyone.”