Omaha budget forums begin Wednesday

Omaha, NE – The first of four public forums on the city of Omaha's 2012 budget is Wednesday evening.

The forum begins at 7PM at Common Ground Community Center in Elkhorn. It's a chance for the public to weigh in on Mayor Jim Suttle's 2012 budget proposal.

Suttle's $730 million dollar budget plan contains no tax increases and no deficit. All city departments were asked to take a one percent budget cut. The spending plan accounts for fewer police and firefighters in 2012, but more civilian employees. 14 of the 22 new civilian positions are for the Combined Sewer Overflow project.

Omaha's Parks and Recreation Department would add a Park Safety division in the 2012 budget year if it's approved.

A second public forum will be held Thursday at 7PM at Westside High School.