Aftermath of property tax hearing in Hastings and city council update

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Published: Sep. 22, 2023 at 8:57 AM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Earlier this week, local taxpayers communicated their property tax concerns with city and school officials.

City administrator, Shawn Metcalf sat on stage and says he’ll relay any of the questions the public asked to city council members so they can be addressed appropriately.

He says he was glad to clear up some confusion at the hearing.

”If your home went up in a certain amount of assessment. A portion of that is what the city is capturing. The city has nothing to do with the assessments going up and down.”

Metcalf says the main reason the levy stayed the same is because they’re started a new division in the city to help maintain facilities.

An update, this Monday members will go through a second reading of the $214-million budget. If the board has a supermajority they can then suspend the rules and move to a final vote, but if that doesn’t happen, they will meet again on Wednesday of next week for the final reading.

The deadline to submit their budget is Sept. 30.