Papillion City Council members have given their stamp of approval for the city's $60.9 million budget, voting unanimously to adopt a spending plan that will keep the tax rate flat while adding a new splash pad and two public safety employees.
The city tax rate will remain at 45.1 cents per $100 assessed value. For a home assessed at $150,000, that means a city tax bill of $675.
Total property values are down about a half percent this year, but sales tax revenue has increased from last year.
The 2013-2014 budget includes funding for a $348,000 splash pad in Schwer Park and salaries for two new staff positions. Papillion plans to hire a deputy police chief and an emergency medical manager for the Fire Department.
The city is also adding 12 new firefighters as part of a takeover of La Vista's volunteer fire department.
The deputy chief will assume a rank directly below Police Chief Len Houloose and above the department's two lieutenants, Lt. Chris Whitted and Lt. Orin Orchard. It will help the Police Department expand its command staff in anticipation of future annexations and population growth, Mayor David Black said.
Salaries for the two new positions have not been established yet. City salary ranges for new and existing positions are expected to be voted on at Papillion's next council meeting.
La Vista also adopted its budget Tuesday, and the Bellevue, Springfield and Gretna City Councils will vote on their city budgets over the next two weeks.