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Douglas County’s new Assessor/Register of Deeds will be paid $120,000 a year.

Douglas County homeowners will pay more in property taxes this fiscal year.

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Omaha’s skyline is the centerpiece of Douglas County’s new official seal.

Douglas County

Douglas County has chosen five finalists for a new official seal.

Douglas County Commissioners have approved a $325 million 2012-13 budget.

The county’s new fiscal year began July first. The new fiscal year budget contains no tax increase and keeps the budgets of most offices flat.

Finance Director Joe Lorenz says it’s a responsible and aggressive spending plan, but achievable.

The county’s General Fund budget grew 2.1 percent compared to last fiscal year’s plan. Lorenz says cost increases in the Election Commission and Environmental Services offices increased, but it was offset by additional revenue.

Douglas County voters will decide in November whether the Assessor and Register of Deeds offices should be consolidated.

County Commissioners voted 5-2 Tuesday in favor of a proposal to merge those offices. It’ll go on the November ballot for voters to decide.

Douglas County is looking for a new official county seal, and Commissioners want the public's help to design it.

A contest is underway through August 15. Douglas County residents who participate are asked to design a county seal that includes the name and “1854,” the year the county was incorporated.

Commissioner Pam Tusa says right now, Douglas County has five unofficial county seals, but no background as to their origin or meaning.