Should Douglas County Merge Two County Offices?

Oct 22, 2012

Douglas County residents will be voting on several different ballot measures November 6, one of which is the consolidation of two county offices.

The measure would consolidate the Douglas County Assessor’s and the Douglas County Register of Deeds offices into one.  The resolution was adopted by the Douglas County Board in July. 

Commissioner Pam Tusa introduced the plan.  She said the county could potentially save 180-thousand dollars by consolidating the two offices.

"I believe a lot of people feel that this would be the right thing to do.  People, our constituents are hurting, the economy is hurting, the governments are hurting, we’re trying to make cutbacks, we’re trying to do budget cuts, and all we’re doing is affecting services with everybody.”

Voters will decide if members of the Legislature should get raises, from $12,000 to $22,000 per year.

Another ballot measure would change the number of consecutive terms a member of the Legislature may serve from two to three consecutive four year terms. 

For more information on the ballot measures, the website is