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Budget Issues

List of future budget issues.

  • SB 298, repeals the mortgage registration fee, in its place will be a new fee schedule.  This change will more than likely reduce this revenue.  Douglas County is looking at a possible 6% or $123,000 reduction in these fees in 2015.  The possible net loss thru 2019 could be over $2,000,000.
  • Mortgage registration tax increased by 5% or $335,000 in 2013 over 2012. 
  • Sales tax revenues have also increased some.  The first quarter for 2014 increased by 4.15% or $62,000 over the first quarter for 2013.


  • Property values are finally showing some improvement for the first time in 4 years.
  • In 2013, voters approved a change in the assessment rate of watercraft or boats.  The assessment rate will be going from 30% to 11.5% in 2014, and 5.0% for 2015 and after.
  • Douglas County could lose around $86,000 in 2015 and another $30,000 in 2016, with the drop in boat valuation.