PAPILLION, Nebraska, September 21, 2022 – The City of Papillion continues its consistent track record of maintaining the lowest municipal property tax levy among all cities in Douglas and Sarpy Counties in the proposed 2022-2023 budget, approved by the Papillion City Council during its meeting on Sept. 21. For the second year in a row, the proposed budget will reduce the City of Papillion’s property tax levy by 2% to just under $0.434 per $100 of assessed valuation.
“This year’s budget reflects Papillion’s wise long-term planning and fiscal responsibility, resulting in a continued strong financial position,” said Mayor David Black. “Despite inflation and economic challenges, this year’s budget slightly reduces the property tax levy while retaining staffing levels, accomplishing critical infrastructure maintenance and improvements, and not issuing any bonded debt.”
The City of Papillion’s proposed total budget for 2022-2023 is $86,440,857, which includes a general fund of $37,466,876. This year's budget is aligned to the established City Council goals and includes:
- Capital Improvement Plan Projects: Continuation of the City’s Pavement Management Program, improvements to 90th Street, improvements to the intersection of Washington Street and Cedardale Road, reconstruction of Monroe Street, road improvements to the Walnut Creek Recreation Area campground, renovation of the Schwer Park playground, addition of LED lights to the Halleck West baseball field, and design of the Halleck Park road loop.
- Public Safety: Design of police station renovation to meet Police Department’s needs for next 10 years; and Fire Department software upgrades for patient care reporting, EMS billing, and fire records management.
- Water and Sewer: Painting north water tower, trailer for emergency water main break repairs, sewer relining projects, and two new employees for sewer line maintenance.
- Minimal Added Staff: After tackling most staffing needs in last year’s budget, this year’s budget adds a part-time position in Human Resources and part-time public safety community outreach position supported by the General Fund, a golf professional supported by the Golf Fund, and two full-time sewer department positions supported by the Sewer Fund. Personnel costs represent the single largest expense, approximately 70.6%, of the General Fund, which is typical.
Of the City of Papillion’s general fund, only 18% is funded by property tax, and 35.1% is funded by sales tax. Sales tax revenues for the coming year are conservatively budgeted at a 4% increase. Total assessed valuation of Papillion is approximately $3.2 billion.