City Council to vote Tuesday on Omaha's 2015 budget

Aug 25, 2014

The Omaha City Council is scheduled to vote on Mayor Jean Stothert's 2015 budget plan Tuesday, with several amendments.

Stothert's budget projects $852 million in revenue. Sales tax revenue is predicted to rise 5.6 percent, and the restaurant tax to $28.9 million from $27.6 million this year.

The 2015 budget includes a two-percent property tax cut. An amendment would remove that property tax cut, and put $2.7 million toward several items. The funding would go toward the Omaha Public Library system, police overtime, public works, street resurfacing, and the Great Plains Black History Museum.

Another amendment would add eight police officers to the 21 Mayor Stothert included in the budget. A third would take a projected $809,000 increase in property valuations and put half of it toward street projects in north and south Omaha. The rest would go in to the city's contingency fund. That amendment is sponsored by three Council members.

Other amendments would fund the Active Living Committee Manager position, and put more money toward street resurfacing and the library system.

The Omaha City Council meets Tuesday at 2 pm.