Omaha City Council approves 2014 budget
The Omaha City Council has given unanimous approval to the 2014 budget.
Council members approved the budget Tuesday afternoon following more than two hours of discussion. Mayor Jean Stothert's 2014 budget projects the city will take in slightly less property tax revenue. Sales tax revenue is projected to be flat next year.
The 2014 budget funds 40 new police cruisers and a recruit class next spring. Council members also approved a resolution committing to additional recruit classes in the 2015 budget year.
$575,000 would go toward building the infrastructure in the area around UNO's new arena. The money is not allocated for the arena project itself.
The Fire Department's budget will remain at $90.6 million dollars in 2014. Interim Fire Chief Bernard Kangar told the City Council he's confidence that budget target can be met. Kangar says the department is looking at its options, as well as opportunities to increase efficiency.