Mayor Introduced 2014 Budget to City Council
Mayor Jean Stothert gives Omaha City Council her 2014 fiscal budget. Public hearing scheduled for August.Photo: Video by kmtv.com
Omaha, NE- Mayor Jean Stothert presented her 2014 budget to city council Tuesday afternoon.
The mayor's budget calls for more police officers, libraries staying open, and smoother streets.
It's a financial map that will guide the city through 2014.
"Over the past several weeks, since I've been in this office, we have been working pretty much full time on this budget." explains Mayor Jean Stothert.
The budget that comes in at just under $793 million. City Council members received the full budget tuesday.
"I'm pleased theres no tax increase and that there's no library closures, I do have some concerns about public safety particularly that we won't have more police on the street until 2015 and the potential to take fire rigs or medic units out of service is a concern too." says City Council President Pete Festersen.
The budget does include the purchase of new radios for police, new police cruisers, and a new recruit class.
"The police department made a number of cuts, we were very diligent with those cuts but also public safety is kept in tact and am very pleased that the basics tenets in our budget moving forward in 2014." says Police Chief Todd Schmaderer.
The budget also will also include more money for street resurfacing and keeping all libraries open.
It will also set aside additional funds for demolition of diladipated homes.
"One this I am pleased about is the amount of money that is going to be for demolition, we need to continue to make a sizable dent in that." says City Council member Garry Gernandt.
As for taxes, the budget does not call for any new taxes. As far as eliminating them, like the restaurant tax, she says that still a top priority, it just won't happen right away.