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Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska

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Scotts Bluff County is one of 93 counties in Nebraska. As of 2010, the population was 36,970,[1] making Scotts Bluff the 6th-largest county (by population) in Nebraska. Its county seat is Gering and its largest city is Scottsbluff.

The county is named after a prominent bluff that served as a monument for 19th-century pioneers traveling along the Oregon Trail. The bluff was named after a fur trapper named Hiram Scott who died near the bluff in 1828. The bluff is now managed by the National Park Service as Scotts Bluff National Monument. The town of Gering was founded at the base of the bluff in 1887, and the city of Scottsbluff was founded across the North Platte River from the bluff in 1900. Separated only by the river, the two cities have since grown together and now form the 7th-largest urban area in Nebraska.

Website evaluation

In 2011 Scotts Bluff County earned a Sunny Awards for having a perfect website transparency score.

This website was most recently evaluated Dec. 25, 2012.

Main article: Evaluation of Nebraska county websites

The good

  • Budget
    • The most current and past budgets are provided.[2]
  • Meeting
    • Meeting minutes and agendas are available.[3][4]
    • Tourisim minutes are posted online.[5]
  • Elected officials
    • County commissioners are listed with contact information. Meeting schedule is posted.[6]
  • Administrative
    • Administrative officials listed under respective departments.[7]
  • Planning
    • Building and zoning permits are provided online.[8]
    • GIS maps are published online.[9]
  • Audits
    • Audits for the past two years are disclosed.[10]
  • Lobbying
  • Public records
  • Taxes
    • Tax levies from 2006 to 2010 are posted online.[13]
    • Provides information on how to protest tax assessments.[14] Taxes can be paid online.[15] Citizens can also look up property taxes.[16]
  • Site provides privacy information for its users.[17]
  • Contracts
    • Contracts are posted.[18]

The bad

  • Contract amounts are not disclosed.

Board of Commissioners

District Name Position
District I Michael J. Marker Vice Chairman
District II Steve Stratton Commissioner
District III Sherry Blaha Commissioner
District IV Ken Meyer Commissioner
District V Mark J. Masterton Chairman



2009-10 2010-11
$25,931,091 $27,415,086.73


The Treasurer's webpage provides information on taxes levied over the past 6 years.[19]

External links


  2. Budget
  3. Minutes/Agendas
  4. Meeting Minutes
  5. Tourism minutes, Accessed: Dec. 25, 2012
  6. Commissioners
  7. Departments
  8. Building and zoning permits
  9. GIS Maps, Accessed: Dec. 25, 2012 (dead link)
  10. Audits
  11. Lobbying
  12. Public records request
  13. Tax levies
  14. Tax Protest
  15. Treasurer
  16. Tax assessor
  17. Privacy notice
  18. Contracts
  19. Treasurer