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Omaha
2:00 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

No proposed tax increase in Omaha's 2013 budget

  • Mayor Suttle's 2013 budget presentation.

Omaha’s 2013 budget proposal contains no property tax increase, and estimates sales tax revenue will grow 1 to 3 percent.

Mayor Jim Suttle introduced the 2013 budget at Tuesday's City Council meeting. The general fund budget is $319.8 million, a 2.76 percent increase over the 2012 spending plan. Most of the growth in the 2013 plan is due to Omaha Public Works’ budget.

The budget plan accounts for 1.75 percent raises for police, fire, and civilian personnel in 2013. It also includes a police department recruit class.

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Omaha
1:00 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Mayor Jim Suttle to present Omaha's 2013 budget Tuesday

Annexation and budgets are on Tuesday's Omaha City Council agenda.

Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle is set to give his 2013 budget presentation to the City Council. No details are available at this point about the new budget. A public hearing will be held in August.

Councilmen will also vote on annexing eight Sanitary Improvement Districts in to the city of Omaha. If that’s approved, the city of Omaha will grow by 6,353 residents.

The Omaha City Council meets at 2pm Tuesday.

Business
1:31 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Report calls for reform of Nebraska's tax system

An economic analysis group says Nebraska lawmakers need to explore changes to the state’s tax policy.

The Open Sky Policy Institute released a report Thursday morning on Nebraska’s budget and tax policy. Executive Director Renee Fry says state government needs to look at reforming the tax code, as well as expanding what goods and services are taxed. 

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Omaha
9:35 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Douglas County Board to vote Tuesday on 2012-13 budget

The Douglas County Board is scheduled to vote Tuesday morning on a $325 million 2012-13 budget.

The county’s new budget year began July first. The budget contains no property tax increase. It's a three-point-two percent larger overall budget than last year's.

Commissioners will also hold a public hearing on a plan to merge the Register of Deeds and Assessors’ offices.

The county board meets at 9am Tuesday.

Omaha
8:27 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Campaign seeks to find Omaha's unique attractions, events

The Omaha Convention and Visitors Bureau wants to hear what places are most popular with residents and tourists.

Through the end of this month, the CVB is accepting videos for what’s called the “Welcome to the Weekend” campaign. Spokeswoman Deb Ward says the goal is to get the community involved in promoting Omaha’s attractions.

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Arts
12:50 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

Omaha Creative Week begins August 31st

City officials hope the business and entrepreneurial communities will join arts organizations in this year’s Omaha Creative Week.

The third Creative Week begins August 31st. Right now, planned events include discussions on arts and social change, a film festival for movies made using smartphones, and an open rehearsal at Opera Omaha.

Mayor Jim Suttle says Creative Week celebrates innovations and ideas. “It’s what has made our city great and what will continue to make Omaha one of the most vibrant and unique cities in the nation.”

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Business
10:05 am
Tue July 3, 2012

Creighton economist expects weaker economic growth for the rest of 2012

A monthly indicator of economic health in nine Midwest and Plains states dropped in June.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss compiles the Mid-America Business Conditions Report. The index dropped to 57.2 in June, down four-tenths of a point from the May report. It’s the second month in a row the index has dropped.

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Politics & Elections
11:29 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Creighton economist says health care law ruling reduces some uncertainty, but will drive up costs

A Creighton University economist says the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act reduces some uncertainty for businesses.

The Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that the federal government can’t directly compel individuals to buy health insurance. Those who don’t buy health insurance will pay a tax. 

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Omaha
8:56 am
Wed June 27, 2012

No property tax increase in Douglas County's 2012-13 budget

Douglas County Commissioners are set to vote July 10 on the new fiscal year budget.

The county’s new fiscal year begins Sunday. Commissioners held a public hearing Tuesday on the $325 million budget proposal. Departments were asked to keep their budgets flat, and justify any requested increases.

Budget and Finance Director Joe Lorenz says the county won't have to dip in to its existing reserves to fund programs in the 2012-13 budget year.

Arts
2:30 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Nebraskans for the Arts Reveal Study Results

Holland Center, Omaha

Omaha’s arts and culture industry is one the city can count on, according to a new report released last week.

The Arts and Economic Prosperity report shows arts and culture provides for 3,400 full-time jobs, both directly and indirectly, in Omaha.  

Marjorie Maas, Director of Nebraskans for the Arts, says the city’s arts and culture organizations provided 89 million dollars worth of economic impact last year, making up half of the state’s 174 million. 

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