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:

FINALLY CUTTING COSTS AT DOUGLAS CO. HEALTH

NTF Issue Paper: douglascounty133.doc. 8-14. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: FINALLY CUTTING COSTS AT THE DOUGLAS COUNTY HEALTH CENTER. BACKGROUND. Two years ago, the Douglas County board hired a consulting firm to analyze the county health center and suggest ideas for streamlining and lowering costs of provided services. The center loses over $1 million […] Read more »

TOURISM FUND HAS DEGENERATED INTO "PORK FEST"

NTF worksheet: douglascounty118.doc. 6-14. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM COMMENTS TO DOUGLAS COUNTY BOARD: June 17, 2014. Good morning. Our names are Doug Kagan, 12320 William Street, and Jeff Stevens, 14518 Webster Cir., and we represent NE Taxpayers for Freedom. For several years, our group has been concerned with and opposed to the county government dispensing […] Read more »

REFORM GUARDIAN AD LITEM SERVICES

NTF Worksheet: douglascounty147.doc. 7-14. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM WORKSHEET: SUGGESTIONS TO DOUGLAS COUNTY BOARD TO REFORM GUARDIAN AD LITEM SERVICES. BACKGROUND. In 2013, the Douglas County Board passed a resolution requesting the State Auditor to audit the county guardian ad litem legal contracts and non-contracted services.* The Auditor office closely examined the pertinent financial records […] Read more »

NTF White Paper on Douglas County Budget

   An Analysis of the Douglas County Budget for FY 2013-2014 July 10, 2013                           EXECUTIVE SUMMARY “The Power to Tax is the Power to Destroy” Daniel Webster (1782-1852) While most Douglas County residents realize the County provides essential services, it is a reasonable expectation that our […] Read more »

STOP DOUGLAS COUNTY TAX HIKE

A majority of Douglas County Commissioners stand poised to raise our county property taxes next fiscal year, unless taxpayers can convince them to make additional budget cuts.  See our NTF recommendations below for immediate budget cuts and then use this information to lobby your county commissioner to vote for additional cuts and against a tax […] Read more »

NTF works with Douglas County Commissioners

Members of Nebraska Taxpayers for Freedom have been expressing their thoughts and  ideas on how to cut expenses for 2013/2014.  We would like to express our thanks to Madam Chair Mary Ann Borgeson and the Douglas County Commissioners for allowing us the opportunity to express our concerns. NTF President Doug Kagan, NTF Vice President Marty Brown, […] Read more »

We Pay Lobbyists for Our Local Governments!

NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: LOCAL GOVERNMENT SUBDIVISION PAID LOBBYISTS: 2012. BACKGROUND. Local government taxing authorities in Nebraska counties continually levy higher property taxes on real property. To further scalp and contradict taxpayers, many entities pay from these tax dollars large salaries to lobbyists, who work against taxpayer interests in our state legislature, Congress, […] Read more »