Stothert Ready to Take Oath of Office
Plans to tackle budget, transparencyPhoto: Video by kmtv.com
Omaha, NE-Monday night mayor elect Jean Stothert will take her oath of office, and she is ready and raring to go.
"People don't know what to call me, mayor elect, councilwoman, both," Stothert said.
Monday night at 7:30 p.m., Stothert will be sworn in. She says her two big priorities are budget and restoring trust to the mayor's office.
"The budget is looming over us. The 14 budget is due to the printer on July 1st. I have very little time. I spent last week in finance meetings, I am spending all tomorrow morning in finance meetings," she said.
Just this week, at her last council meeting, Stothert cut her salary by 10 percent. She also announced this week she eliminated two positions (from 13 to 11) from her office to save money. She's going to have to balance a 2013 budget that has a projected 13.5 million dollar shortfall. And then there's 2014's budget, projected to be 16.5 million short.
"It will be balanced," she said of the budget.
Stothert says she also plans to hold town hall meetings to get the public more involved in their government.