County Watch

A PROJECT OF NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM

Metropolitan area citizens face concerns about public safety, public works infrastructure maintenance, privatization of services, consolidation, merging and streamlining of county government, taxes, and unnecessary spending on services traditionally outside the scope of county responsibility.  We encourage you to participate in our NTF County Watch Project, to call, fax, email, or write a letter to your county commissioners to urge them to vote fiscally conservative and implement ideas to give the citizens more efficient services under a leaner budget.  Project participants will receive periodic newsletters, email bulletins, and research outlines and materials to act as watchdogs.

Issue Papers etc:

NTF ISSUE PAPER: REFORM TAX STATUS FOR NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

Douglascounty142.doc. 10-16. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: REFORM TAX STATUS FOR NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS. BACKGROUND. Nonprofit organizations constitute one of the ­fastest-growing sectors of our economy, expanding even during recessions. Some are small operations, but others enjoy huge endowments, prime real estate, luxurious facilities, and lobbyists who pack public hearings to pressure local politicians. Nonprofits add many Read more »

NTF WHITE PAPER: ANALYSIS OF DOUGLAS COUNTY FY 2016-2017 BUDGET

Douglascounty124.doc. 7-16. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM WHITE PAPER: OUR ANALYSIS OF THE DOUGLAS COUNTY FY 2016-2017 BUDGET. ************************************************************************** We thank Douglas County Commissioners, other elected county officials, department heads, and staff who provided us with information during the several budget committee hearings. The citizens of Douglas County are fortunate to have a county Read more »

PROFILES IN BAD GOVERNMENT: Douglas County Commissioner Clare Duda, District 7

PROFILES IN BAD GOVERNMENT: A SERIES FROM NE TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM. Profile #4: Douglas County Commissioner Clare Duda, District 7. Budget Cuts: 6-11-13: Voted against cutting thousands from the County Attorney budget. Other GOP commissioners voted to cut. 6-11-13: Voted against cutting thousands from the Public Defender budget. Other GOP commissioners voted to cut. 6-11-13: Voted against cutting thousands from the County Court probation Read more »

PROFILES IN BAD GOVERNMENT: Douglas County Commissioner Marc Kraft, District 5

PROFILES IN BAD GOVERNMENT: A SERIES FROM NE TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM. Profile #3: Douglas County Commissioner Marc Kraft District 5. Budget Votes. 6-11-13: Voted against cutting thousands from the County Attorney budget. 6-11-13: Voted against trimming thousands from the Public Defender budget. 6-11-13: Voted against trimming thousands from the County Court Probation budget. 6-11-13: Voted against trimming thousands from the Juvenile Read more »

NTF SPEECH TO DOUGLAS CO. COMMISSIONERS ON PAY RAISES

Douglascounty17.doc. 1-16. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM SPEECH TO DOUGLAS COUNTY COMMISSIONERS ON PAY RAISES, 1-12-16. Good morning. My name is Doug Kagan, 416 South 130 Street, and I represent NE Taxpayers for Freedom. Our organization supports the resolution to rescind the December pay raises of 31% over 2 years, voted on by the board, and supports the resolution sponsored by Commissioners Boyle and Morgan to set the pay increases instead Read more »

NTF NOTES ON DOUGLAS COUNTY STRATEGIC BUDGET

NTF worksheet: douglascounty138.doc. 9-15. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM NOTES ON DOUGLAS COUNTY STRATEGIC BUDGET MEETING: SEPT. 24, 2015. GENERAL. Douglas County Commissioners actively seek public input on budgeting, though most people do not understand county functions. RELATIONS WITH STATE. The State continually imposes unfunded mandates on counties. County will ask the State to pay for increased costs stemming from LB 605, which Read more »

NTF SPEECH ON HEARTLAND 2050 VISION

Douglascounty16.doc. 3-15. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM SPEECH TO DOUGLAS COUNTY BOARD ON HEARTLAND 2050 VISION. Good morning. My name is Doug Kagan, and I represent NE Taxpayers for Freedom. Our group vehemently opposes the Douglas County Board participating in the Heartland 2050 Vision. If implemented, this proposal would impose regional unelected government dictates over local governments elected by voters. A water resources coordinating Read more »

FINALLY CUTTING COSTS AT DOUGLAS CO. HEALTH

NTF Issue Paper: douglascounty133.doc. 8-14. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: FINALLY CUTTING COSTS AT THE DOUGLAS COUNTY HEALTH CENTER. BACKGROUND. Douglas County board hired a consulting firm to analyze the county health center and suggest ideas for streamlining and lowering costs of provided services. The center loses over $1 million per month currently. NTF has prompted county commissioners for over a year to accept and utilize Read more »

TOURISM FUND HAS DEGENERATED INTO "PORK FEST"

NTF worksheet: douglascounty118.doc. 6-14. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM COMMENTS TO DOUGLAS COUNTY BOARD: June 17, 2014. Good morning. Our names are Doug Kagan, 12320 William Street, and Jeff Stevens, 14518 Webster Cir., and we represent NE Taxpayers for Freedom. For several years, our group has been concerned with and opposed to the county government dispensing grants from the monies accrued in the Tourism Fund. This year, the proposed Read more »

STOP DOUGLAS COUNTY TAX HIKE

A majority of Douglas County Commissioners stand poised to raise our county property taxes next fiscal year, unless taxpayers can convince them to make additional budget cuts.  See our NTF recommendations below for immediate budget cuts and then use this information to lobby your county commissioner to vote for additional cuts and against a tax increase. District   1 Mike Boyle   mboyle@douglascounty-ne.gov District   2 James Read more »