- General Info
- Education and Employment
- Valuation and Taxes Levied
- State Senators
- County Programs
- Other Information
Saline County Seat (pop.): Wilber (1,937)
Cities, Towns, and Villages (pop.): Crete (7,099), DeWitt (530), Dorchester (610), Friend (954), Swanton (82), Tobias (114), Western (227)
Courthouse Address and Hours:
204 South High Street
Wilber, Nebraska 68465
M-F 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
County Board Chairperson: Marvin Kohout
Complete list of county board members
County Board Meetings: Every other Tuesday
View the County's Government Maps
NACO District: Southeast
District President: Emily Haxby, Gage County Supervisor
District Vice President: Misty Ahmic, Seward County Commissioner
District Secretary/Treasurer: Amber Mulberry, Saline County Clerk of the District Court
NACO Board Representatives: Mark Schoenrock, Jefferson County Commissioner
Land area (sq. mi.): 574.06
Population per square mile: 24.9
African American: 2.0%
American Indian: 1.7%
Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander: 0.6%
Personal income per capita: $51,623
% of Population in Poverty: 8.0%
# of Housing Units: 5,792
Owner-occupied rate: 71.4%
Median home price: $142,680
Access to broadband (100 Mbps via fiber or cable modem): 82.8%
Sources: National Association of Realtors, Nebraska Library Commission, U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Census Bureau
Employment, Schools, and Child Care
Unemployment rate: 1.9% (as of September 2022)
County Employment Website: https://co.saline.ne.us/webpages/links/public_notices.html
High school graduate or higher: 82.0%
Bachelor's degree or higher: 19.2%
School Districts: Crete Public Schools, Dorchester Public Schools, Exeter-Milligan Public Schools, Friend Public Schools, Meridian Public Schools, Milford Public Schools, Tri County Public Schools, Wilber-Clatonia Public Schools
Countywide child care capacity: 18 providers; 507 children
Find child care: For a list of child care providers in your zip code, visit Nebraska DHHS or the Nebraska Resource and Referral System.
Saline County Economy
Annual Gross Domestic Product (2020): $1,161,602,000
Ag. Producers (Cattle): 254
Ag. Producers (Crop): 299
Grain Co-ops and Purchasers: Farmers Union Coop
Local Grain Market: Click for today's grain prices in Saline County
Electricity Providers: City of Crete, City of Friend, City of Wilber, Norris PPD, Village of De Witt, Village of Dorchester
Rail-served Communities: Crete, DeWitt, Dorchester, Friend, Wilber
Sources: Nebraska Cooperative Council, Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education, Nebraska Department of Transportation, Nebraska Office of the CIO, Nebraska Power Review Board, U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau
2022 Levies and Valuation
County levy rate: $0.3133 per $100 of taxable valuation
County property taxes levied: $7,797,336
Total local government property taxes levied: $38,300,248
Total countywide taxable valuation: $2,488,800,127
Click here for all levy rates in Saline County
County Levy and Taxation Laws
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 Brandt (District 32)
Committees: Natural Resources, Transportation and Telecommunications
Map and statistics for Legislative District 32
Map of all districts in the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature
Saline County History
Number of Registered Historic Places: 20
Year Founded: 1867
Etymology: Mistakenly named for apocryphal salt springs and deposits in the area
Saline County was created by an act of the Territorial Legislature in January 1855 and was officially organized in February 1867, the year Nebraska was admitted to the Union. The county derives its name from a belief held by the early pioneers that great salt springs and deposits could be found in the area. The pioneers' supposition, however, proved to be false.
At the time Saline County was organized, the settlement of Swan City was designated to serve as the county seat. This settlement was located just west of the present day DeWitt. Swan City would be the first of three sites that would serve as the home of the county's government.
In 1871 an election was called to settle a contest that had developed over where the county seat should be located. Vying for the honor were Swan City, Crete, Dorchester and Pleasant Hill. Voters selected the latter settlement and in July of that year county records were moved from Swan City to Pleasant Hill.
Within six years this issue would surface once more and a special election would be called for Sept. 4, 1877. In the first of what would be three elections that year, Pleasant Hill, Crete, Wilber, Dorchester, Friend and Center competed. Since none of the sites received a majority vote, another election was held two weeks later. This time voters were asked to choose from Pleasant Hill, Crete and Wilber. Once again a majority was not gained by any of the three and the election served only to eliminate Pleasant Hill. Finally, during the Nov. 6 general election, Wilber won out over Crete with a majority of 230 votes.
Pleasant Hill would not easily relinquish the county records, however. On Jan. 28, 1878, a contingent of 300 people representing Wilber drove 160 wagons and teams to Pleasant Hill to secure the records. Due to this show of strength and force, Pleasant Hill finally succumbed.
The cornerstone for the present courthouse in Wilber was laid on June 5, 1928 and 12 months later the building was formally dedicated.
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License Plate Number: 22
Time Zone: Central
Zoned County: Yes
Number of Veterans: 725
Voter Turnout (2022): 48.85%
Emergency Mgt. Planning, Exercise and Training (PET) Region: Southeast
Number of County-Owned Bridges: 253
Number of County-Owned Dams: 1
State Lands (acres): Divoky Acres WMA (160), Swan Creek WMA (160)
Sources: Nebraska Department of Transportation, Nebraska Emergency Management Agency, Nebraska Game & Parks Commission, Nebraska Legislature, Nebraska Office of the CIO, Nebraska Secretary of State, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (eCFR)