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 NEBRASKA BUDGET ACCOUNTING STANDARDS

NTF Issue Paper: legwatch174.doc. 3-19. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: REFORM NEBRASKA BUDGET ACCOUNTING STANDARDS. BACKGROUND. One of the major reasons why taxpayers do not examine and analyze local government budgets and other budgetary materials is because these documents appear difficult to read and understand. Taxpayers hesitate to contact their elected representatives on city councils, county boards, school boards, etc., Read more »

NTF REPORT: DOUGLAS COUNTY COMMISSIONER VOTING RECORDS

Douglascounty23.doc. 6-18. DOUGLAS COUNTY COMMISSIONER VOTING RECORDS: 2006 7-11-06: County makes a voluntary contribution to support the Downtown Improvement District that will levy a property tax for improvements and maintenance of area. YES(-): Borgeson, Boyle, Duda, Hutchings, Maxwell, McCallister, Rogers. To accept a Title II grant from NE Crime Commission to operate the Douglas Co. Juvenile Assessment Center. YES(+): Borgeson, Boyle, Read more »

NTF ISSUE PAPER: ROGUE LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ATTEMPT TO MUZZLE TAXPAYER GROUPS

Edmon43.doc. 9-17. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: ROGUE LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ATTEMPT TO MUZZLE TAXPAYER GROUPS. BACKGROUND. Occasionally, our NE Taxpayers for Freedom group makes an open records or open meetings information request of local government subdivisions, like school districts or counties. One example, our request with 7 questions to local taxing authorities regarding their utilization of lobbyists. Usually, these councils Read more »

TIPS FOR CHALLENGING YOUR HOME VALUATION INCREASE

TIPS FOR CHALLENGING YOUR HOME VALUATION INCREASE Valuation11.doc. 1-17. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM WORKSHEET: TIPS FOR CHALLENGING YOUR HOME VALUATION INCREASE. Step 1: Between January 17, 2017 and February 10, 2017, call 402-444-6734 to schedule an informal meeting with a personal appraiser through the Douglas County Assessor. The office schedules appointments on a first call first served basis. You also may mail, email, or drop off Read more »

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 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 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 »