Budget vote set for Tuesday

Omaha, NE – The Omaha City Council is set to vote Tuesday on the 2010 budget.

The $457 million budget represents less than one percent growth over last year. More than half of the expenditures in the $284 million general fund budget are for public safety.

More than a dozen amendments have been filed to the 2010 budget plan. Among those are the elimination of the Public Safety Auditor, cuts in road maintenance funding, furloughs, and wage freezes. Other proposals would delay a Fire Department recruit class and the purchase of police cruisers.

Mayor Jim Suttle hoped to fill the projected $11 million gap in the 2010 budget with revenue from an entertainment tax. But the City Council rejected that plan two weeks ago.

The Omaha City Council meets at 2 PM Tuesday.