The fifth annual legislative conference of the Nebraska Association of County Officials will be held today in Kearney. Association executive director Larry Dix says despite tight budget times, they’re going to talk about more than just money.
“There are issues that will be there this year that deal with the tax equalization and review committee,” Dix says. “There’s going to be some issues that deal with the court of industrial relations for some of our counties that have labor issues. And then there’s always the road funding.”
Dix says while the legislature will have to deal with a massive budget gap when the new session opens in January, counties are concerned about program shifts that may be made.
Issues are coming up about court systems and whether there are too many county courts, he says, adding, “It’s the unfunded mandates that really cause us a little more concern.” Dix says they expect to have a number of issues to take to the legislature next year.
He suspects at least ten different issues will be raised that impact county government, including: elections, law enforcement, courts, taxes and road funding. Dix says he expects up to 150 county officials from across the state to attend the summit.
Thanks to Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton