The Papillion City Council unanimously passed the city’s $60.9 million budget at its Sept. 3 meeting.
The budget, while keeping taxes flat, will allow for the addition of two public safety employees and a splash pad.
The city’s tax rates will remain at 45.1 cents per $100 valuation.
For the owner of a typical $150,000 home, that translates into about $676 in taxes.
In his letter summarizing the budget, Mayor David Black said that Papillion’s tax levy is lower than all of the cities in Douglas and Sarpy counties.
While there are no major capital projects under the 2013-14 fiscal year budget, the city does set aside funding for a $348,000 splash pad.
The new splash pad would be in addition to the city’s other water playground at Schwer Park, 800 W. Centennial Road. Glenwood Hills Park is one location being considered to host the second splash pad, City Council member Tom Mumgaard has said.
The budget does not include any furloughs or reductions in staff. However, two new, full-time public safety positions will be created.
The city will name a deputy chief of police and an emergency medical services manager. The EMS position is critical in expanding the city’s fire and EMS services, Black wrote.
Beyond that position, the expansion of the Papillion Fire Department to provide fire and emergency medical services to La Vista won’t have any impact on the City of Papillion’s budget.
While the City of Papillion isn’t cutting staff, it also isn’t cutting any city services.
The budget sets aside $550,000 toward road infrastructure projects, and the city will continue to award $10,000 for community projects through its neighborhood grant program.
At the City Council meeting, council members approved six amendments to the budget, including the removal of $10,000 in consulting fees from the Sump Memorial Library’s budget.