Keith County, with a population of nearly 9,000 consists of five townships and has a commission form of government. The primary revenue sources include property tax, state support, local fees, cash and other sources.
The City of Ogallala, population approximately 4,500 has a council/city manager form of government with primary revenue sources of property tax, sales tax, utilities and other sources. The Village of Brule, with a population nearly 400, has a Village Board consisting of a mayor and four board members elected to 4-year terms. The Village of Paxton, population approximately 600, has a village Board consisting of five members elected to 4-year terms with an appointed chairman.
Keith County's mean temperature in January is 23.2° while it is 75.6° in July. The average annual rainfall is 17.58" and snowfall of 35.35". With an elevation of 3,250 feet there is little humidity. All of Keith County is located in the Mountain Time Zone.