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Keya Paha County

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Keya Paha County Seat: Springview

Total County Population (2020): 769

  • Villages (pop.): Burton (11), Springview (238)
  • Unincorporated Pop. (% of county pop.): 520 (68%)

Land Development (2022) (% of total land in county):

  • Agriculture: 97%
    • By method: Pasture (pure grassland) (84%); Dryland (row crop/grain/forage) (7%); Irrigated (row crop/grain/forage) (6%) • Neb. Dept. of Rev. - total equals agriculture's %
    • By commodity: Livestock (grassland) 71%, Corn 4%, Alfalfa 3%, Soybeans 1% • USDA - equals agriculture's % plus some wetlands (8%) and wooded grazing land (8%) and and minus public grassland/wetlands and reserve
  • Residential, Commercial, Industrial, Conservation Reserve & Exempt (combined): 3%

County Offices

Courthouse Address and Hours:

310 Courthouse Dr.
Springview, NE 68778
8:00 am - 12:00 pm; 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

County Board Chairperson: Corey Nilson

Complete list of county board members

County Board Meetings: Wednesday

View the County's Government Maps

Visit the County Fairgrounds

NACO District: Northeast

President: Lisa Lunz, Dixon County Supervisor 

Vice President: Sandy Zoubek, Stanton County Treasurer

Secretary: Katie Hart, Burt County Assessor

Treasurer: Krista Nix, Knox County Deputy Clerk 

NACO Board Representative: Bill Tielke, Holt County Supervisor 

Click for a live look at Keya Paha County (east of Mills)


Population: 769
Land area (sq. mi.): 773.08
Population per square mile: 1.0

Age and Race


White: 95.4%
African American: 0.0%
American Indian: 0.1%
Asian: 0.0%
Hispanic: 2.6%
Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander: 0.0%
Two or More Races: 1.8%


0-17: 18.3%
18-64: 49.8%
65+: 31.9%


Personal income per capita: $62,869
% of Population in Poverty: 17.3%
# of Housing Units: 496
Owner-occupied rate: 81.3%
Median home price: $76,770


Access to broadband (100 Mbps via fiber or cable modem): 96.3%

Sources: National Association of RealtorsNebraska Library Commission, U.S. Bureau of Economic AnalysisU.S. Census Bureau

Employment, Schools, and Child Care

Unemployment rate: 1.9% (as of September 2022)

County Employment Website:

High school graduate or higher: 95.7%

School District: Keya Paha County Public Schools

Bachelor's degree or higher: 25.5%

Community College Service Area: Northeast Community College

Keya Paha County Economy

Annual Gross Domestic Product (2020): $40,343,000

Cattle Producers: 171

  • Pastureland Cash Rent (avg.): $28/acre

Crop Producers: 57

  • Dryland Cash Rent (avg.): $52/acre
  • Irrigated Land Cash Rent (avg.): $187/acre

Grain Co-ops and Purchasers: Central Valley Ag

Local Grain Market: Click for today's grain prices in Keya Paha County

Electricity Providers: Cherry-Todd Electric Coop., KBR Rural PPD

Wind Turbines Operating (MW): 2 turbines (3,000 MW)

Well Locations (Irrigation/Livestock), Soils, Groundwater & Surface Water

Total Irrigation/Livestock Wells: 687

Surface Water Diversions (Irrigation): 99

Click for real time:

Streamflow data on the Niobrara River at NE Hwy 137 bridge (21 mi. east of Springfield)

Sources: National Agricultural Statistics Service (USDA), Nebraska Cooperative Council, Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary EducationNebraska Department of TransportationNebraska Office of the CIO, Nebraska Power Review Board, U.S. Bureau of Economic AnalysisU.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau

2022 Levies and Valuation

County levy rate: $0.1992 per $100 of taxable valuation

County property taxes levied: $970,111

Total local government property taxes levied: $3,887,641

Total countywide taxable valuation: $486,965,612

Click here for all levy rates in Keya Paha County

County Levy and Taxation Laws

Levy limits

Since 1996, counties and other political subdivisions have been subject to the levy limits listed in Neb. Rev. Stat. § 77-3442 and Neb. Rev. Stat. § 77-3443.

Statutes and regulations

Nebraska Revised Statutes (Chapter 77)

Nebraska Administrative Code (Title 350)

Local tax reductions, exemptions, and credits

Neb. Rev. Stat. § 76-902(5)(a) (Deed "stamp tax" exemption): "The [stamp tax] shall not apply to: ... (5)(a) Deeds between spouses, between ex-spouses for the purpose of conveying any rights to property acquired or held during the marriage, or between parent and child, without actual consideration therefor."

Neb. Rev. Stat. § 77-201(2) (Valuation of agricultural land and horticultural land): "Agricultural land and horticultural land as defined in section 77-1359 shall constitute a separate and distinct class of property for purposes of property taxation, shall be subject to taxation, unless expressly exempt from taxation, and shall be valued at seventy-five percent of its actual value, except that for school district taxes levied to pay the principal and interest on bonds that are approved by a vote of the people on or after January 1, 2022, such land shall be valued at fifty percent of its actual value."

Neb. Rev. Stat. § 77-6703(1) (Tax credit for school district taxes paid): "(1) For taxable years beginning or deemed to begin on or after January 1, 2020, under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, there shall be allowed to each eligible taxpayer a refundable credit against the income tax imposed by the Nebraska Revenue Act of 1967 or against the franchise tax imposed by sections 77-3801 to 77-3807. The credit shall be equal to the credit percentage for the taxable year, as set by the department under subsection (2) of this section, multiplied by the amount of school district taxes paid by the eligible taxpayer during such taxable year."

Sources: Nebraska Department of Revenue

State Senator: Tom Brewer (District 43)

Standing Committees (click for scheduled committee hearings):

Map and statistics for Legislative District 43

Map of all districts in the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature

Keya Paha County History

Number of Registered Historic Places: 2

Year Authorized: 1884

Year Organized: 1884

Etymology: Dakota for "turtle hill"

     Boasting one of Nebraska’s most unique county names, Keya Paha County was once part of a larger county that also encompassed Brown and Rock County. The area was blessed with abundant buffalo and antelope, which attracted many Native American tribes (including the Pawnee and Ponca) who inhabited the area for hundreds of years before European settlers arrived. The territory features small, rounded hills that could be perceived as giant turtle shells, and historians believe the county’s name is derived from “Ké-ya Pa-há,” a Native American phrase meaning “turtle hill.”

     In 1884, residents passed a petition to separate from Brown County and form a new county from the land north of the Niobrara River (in 1888, Rock County would separate from Brown County). While establishing Keya Paha County was simple, establishing a county seat proved more complicated. Nearly every community in the county fought for the honor of county seat, and even a committee tasked with the matter could not make a decision. An election would decide the contentious issue. In January of 1885, residents selected Springview and Burton as the two finalists from fifteen candidates. Two months later, the more centrally located Springview won the county seat by a slim margin of victory. Springview, named for a spring of water that once flowed through the northwest part of town, immediately began selling lots to build the county courthouse. In 1886, the courthouse was built and lasted until 1915, when the current courthouse was constructed.

     Keya Paha County remains a tightly knit ranching community, and many Keya Paha residents can trace their ancestry back to some of the first families who founded the county. Since 1900, the county has hosted a summer barn dance that draws attendees from around Nebraska and other states. The historic Norden Dance Hall, built in 1929, is one of the county’s main activity hubs.

Keya Paha County Excellence

The Keya Paha County Clerk, Suzy Wentworth, serves as an EMT in the Springview Volunteer Fire and Rescue. She began serving as an EMT after seeing the need for rural ambulance services for a member of her family. Since 2012, she and the Springview Volunteer Fire and Rescue team have also worked to expand and update their services in Keya Paha County.


Local Highlights

License Plate Number: 82

Time Zone: Central

Number of Veterans: 37

Zoned County: Yes

County Library: Keya Paha County Library

Number of County-Owned Bridges: 15

Election Data

General Election Turnout % (2022): 67.66%

Total Registered Voters (2020): 632

Number of Precincts (2020): 3

Number of Election Day Polling Places (2020): 1

Land Area per Polling Place (2020): 773.08 sq. miles

Intergovernmental Data

Emergency Mgt. Planning, Exercise and Training (PET) Region: North Central/Sandhills

Natural Resource Districts: Lower Niobrara NRD, Middle Niobrara NRD

State Lands (acres): Cub Creek Recreation Area (304), Holt Creek WMA (159.30), Thomas Creek WMA (1,154.50)

Sources: Nebraska Department of Transportation, Nebraska Emergency Management AgencyNebraska Game & Parks CommissionNebraska LegislatureNebraska Office of the CIONebraska Secretary of StateU.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (eCFR)