Seven taxpayers are suing officials in Washington County for passing what they call an illegal budget.
Dennis McCormick, Wesley Stamp, Pamela Daly, Joyce Graybill, Dolly Anderson, and Michael and Shannon Rice contend the Washington County Board and County Clerk Merry Truhlsen submitted a budget with $1.2 million in unauthorized spending, violating the County Budget Act and the Nebraska Budget Act.
At issue are spending items for a shop building, concrete and carpeting. The lawsuit alleges the board intended to remove this spending but Truhlsen later changed the motion to restore the money elsewhere in the budget.
Because there was no public hearing for this additional spending, they argue, the budget is invalid. The exact wording of the motion passed at the Sept. 10 meeting is in dispute.
The plaintiffs are asking the court to reduce the county's property tax request by $1.2 million, to refund a proportionate amount of the property taxes already collected and to direct Truhlsen to correct the meeting minutes.
Treasurer Marjorie Hoier also is named in the lawsuit as the county's tax collector.
As of Friday, county officials had not responded to the lawsuit.
Truhlsen referred comment to the Washington County Attorney's Office, which referred comment to the Nebraska Intergovernmental Risk Management Association, which referred comment to York attorney Charles Campbell, who didn't immediately return a message.