The property tax rate will remain the same as this year at 2.18-cents per hundred dollars of assessed value. Approval of both the budget and the tax rate came at the board’s regular monthly meeting last Thursday.
General Manager Patrick O’Brien, who succeeded Lyndon Vogt this summer, says a roughly 4% increase in total valuation for the NRD – which covers Dawes, Sheridan, Box Butte, and northern Sioux counties – means total taxes will increase $22,900 to just under $600,000.
The Upper Niobrara White board last year increased the tax rate for the first time in many years, raising it about 13-thousandths of cent after having used reserved to avoid increases for several years. There are 23 natural resources districts in Nebraska and the property tax rate for the Upper Niobrara White is the second-lowest.
The UNWNRD Board meetings are open to the public and are held at the UNWNRD headquarters in Chadron on the second Thursday of each month. The meetings are at 9:00 a.m. April through November and at 2:00 p.m. during the winter months of December through March.