Executive director Larry Dix says some familiar topics are certain to come up.
“I don’t think we ever get property taxes off the ‘concern” list,” Dix says. “That’s there again as the state rolls forward and the state is balancing their budget, a lot of times the concerns are that some of the state’s balancing of their budget end up in unfunded mandates to counties.”
Dix says a number of Nebraska’s counties are dealing with issues which they are not equipped to handle.
“We’re seeing a significant number of folks with mental health issues enter our jails,” Dix says, “and we’re struggling with how do we get them treatment, any treatment, the right treatment.”
Dix says county officials are also trying to cope with the financial challenge of seeing health care costs soar.
“I think everybody’s concerned about health care and what that’s going to look like in the future from the national level on down,” he says.
The conference opens today and runs through Friday.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton