Property, wheel, restaurant taxes remain in 2011 budget

Omaha, NE – Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle doesn't plan to veto the changes City Councilmen made to the 2011 budget.

Suttle sent a letter Friday to Councilmen saying the items Councilmen put in the budget earlier this week will stay. In the letter, Suttle says "After reviewing the revised budget package with the Finance Department and other department directors, I am confident that we will be able to continue to move the city forward with this budget as our guiding document."

The 2011 budget raises Omaha's property tax rate by 2.3 cents. Omahans will pay an additional $15 each year to register their vehicles with the city. A 2.5 percent restaurant tax will be imposed.

Also, people who live outside Omaha but work in the city will pay an occupation tax of $50 a year.

The tax increases were added to the city's budget because of a $34 million projected deficit in 2011. Omaha's fiscal year begins January first.