Grand Island, Nebraska

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Grand Island is a city in the state of Nebraska. As of 2010, it had a population of 48,520.[1] It is the county seat for Hall County.

Website evaluation

See also: Evaluation of Nebraska city websites

Last rated on July 24, 2012.

The good

  • Budget
    • Budgets are posted.[2]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting schedule, minutes, and agendas are available.[3][4]
  • Elected Officials
    • Elected officials are listed with contact information.[5]
  • Administrative Officials
    • Administrative officials are listed with contact information.[6]
  • Building Permits and Zoning
    • Building permits and zoning are noted.[7][8]
  • Audits
    • Audits are posted.[9]
  • Contracts
    • Bids are posted.[10]
  • Public Records
    • Contact information is available for the Public Information Officer.[11]
  • Local Taxes
    • Tax information is posted and there is online bill payment.[12][13]

The bad

  • Contracts
    • Current contracts are not provided.
  • Lobbying
    • Does not disclose lobbying activities.


The 2012 budget has $171,502,631 in total expenditures.[14]

Year Total Expenditures
2012 $119,041,321
2011 $127,105,567
2010 $146,177,311
2009 $171,502,631

Public Employees

Elected Officials

The Grand Island City Council is made up of ten members with two members for each of five wards. Members are elected to four year terms. The City Council Chairman is elected by the other council members.[15] At meetings, the Mayor is the presiding officer. The current mayor is Jay Vavricek.[16]

First Last Position Ward
Vaughn Minton Council Member 1
Robert Niemann Council Member 1
Scott Dugan Council Member 2
Peg Gilbert Council Member 2
Linna Donaldson Council Member 3
Kirk Ramsey Council Member 3
Larry Carney Council Member 4
Mitch Nickerson Council Member 4
John Gericke Council Member 5
Chuck Haase Council Member 5

Administrative Officials

The City Administrator is responsible for the day to day operations of the city and is accountable to the City Council. The current City Administrator is Mary Lou Brown.[17]


See also: Nebraska public employee salaries

The Human Resources Department provides salary tables for some city employees here.


See also: Nebraska public pensions

Each budget has information regarding police and fire employee pension funds, including transfers in and expenditures.[18]

Emergency personnel

Grand Island has its own Fire and Police Department.


See also: Nebraska government sector lobbying

According to Open Secrets, Grand Island is not recorded as having paid for lobbying services.

Transparency & public records

Grand Island has an employee dedicated to public information. The Public Information Officer is Wendy Meyer-Jerke.[19]


The history of property tax rates can be found in the 2012 budget.[20]

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