Looking Ahead in Wayne
March 7, 2018
City Council Meetings
Regular City Council meetings are at 5:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month in city hall at 306 Pearl Streets. We would love to see you there!
LB 518 (Rural Workforce Housing Grant)
The Nebraska Rural Workforce Housing Investment Act, created by LB 518, was approved by the governor in April 2017 and went into effect in August 2017. It allowed a one time transfer of funds from the Nebraska Affordable Housing Trust Fund to the Rural Workforce Housing Investment Fund, to be administered by the Department of Economic Development (DED). The Act provides resources to support the creation of rural workforce housing investment funds to encourage development of workforce housing in Nebraska's rural and underserved regions. "Rural" for this program excludes the counties of Douglas, Lancaster and Sarpy; the remaining 90 Nebraska counties are eligible to apply. The Wayne Community Housing Development Corporation (WCHDC) is making application to the fund on behalf of the Wayne community. The City Council has pledged $200,000, with up to an additional $200,000 of matching funds, to this application. The additional matching funds will be available from the City for every dollar that area businesses pledge. The amount of the application submitted will be an equal match from local funds (i.e. community of Wayne public & private pledges $350,000 total.....the application will be for an additional $350,000). Megan Weaver with WCHDC was at the most recent Council meeting to give an update to the application process. The application is due by the end of March.
Where do your sales tax dollars go?
Have you ever wondered when you make a purchase in Wayne, for example a $100.00 taxable item and it costs you $107.00, where does that tax go (in this example, $7.00)? First off, $5.50 goes directly to the State of Nebraska. That leaves $1.50 for the City. However, the Wayne voters have earmarked where that $1.50 goes. That remaining $1.50 is split up into different parts/commitments. Swimming pool bond payments take $0.50 (until it is paid off), with $0.60 going to Capital Projects within the City (WWTF payments, fire equipment, streets, playground equipment, etc.) and the remaining $0.40 is pledged to LB 840 (economic development) until 2024. Out of the local $1.50, the state also takes an administrative fee before they remit the balance back to the Cities each month. The City has budgeted to spend $820,000 in sales tax revenue during its 2018 fiscal year (FY 18).
Questions, comments, concerns? Contact Wes Blecke, City Administrator at 375-1733 or