Omaha Public Radio News
2:43 pm
Wed January 26, 2011

Legislation would eliminate state aid to cities and counties

Omaha, NE – Douglas County stands to lose $3 million if a bill in the Nebraska Legislature passes.

Governor Dave Heineman wants state aid to cities and counties eliminated, and that funding put toward other priorities. A bill in the Unicameral would do just that. Douglas County Board chairwoman Mary Ann Borgeson says if that funding goes away, the county will have to find $3 million worth of cuts in its budget.

Borgeson says Douglas County uses that money for jail reimbursement and aid to government subdivisions. She says a tax increase isn't likely if the state aid is eliminated. Instead, Borgeson says services would be cut.