Douglas County Sheriff Tim Dunning says he stands by his department’s request for additional funding in the coming fiscal year.
County department heads presented their budgets at a Finance Committee meeting Tuesday. Douglas County’s new fiscal year begins July first. Commissioners asked all departments to present a flat budget.
The Douglas County Board wants to hear from the public about its 2012-13 budget.
County Commissioners will continue discussions on the budget Tuesday morning at the Omaha-Douglas Civic Center. Last week, board chairman Marc Kraft told Omaha Public Radio that all options are on the table in the coming fiscal year to raise revenue, including a possible tax increase. No decision has been made on that yet.
The current fiscal year budget of $311 million contains no tax increase.
Omaha basketball legend and community activist Bob Boozer died Saturday at the age of 75.
He played on the 1958 Final Four at Kansas State, the 1960 gold medal team in the Rome Olympics and the 1971 NBA Champion Milwaukee Bucks. However, some of Boozer's most memorable moments occurred after his playing career.
Omaha’s first gun amnesty day of 2012 is Saturday.
The Omaha Police Department is co-sponsoring the amnesty day at 50th and Ames. Last year, police collected 127 illegal or unwanted firearms during three gun amnesty events.
Lieutenant Shayna Ray of OPD’s Gang Unit says firearms, ammunition, and fireworks are accepted at the amnesty sites. Ray says guns and ammunition are accepted no questions asked. Police don’t get information from people who turn in illegal or unwanted guns at the amnesty day events.
The Douglas County Board is starting the process of putting together a 2012-2013 budget.
Douglas County’s new fiscal year begins July 1. Chairman Marc Kraft says everything is on the table, including a tax increase, because the county has limited sources of revenue. “The major challenge is that we have limited ability to create income sources. Most of our income comes from either grants or from property taxes, and a small amount comes from fees we charge.”
With Nebraska’s primary election approaching, the candidates for the Second Congressional District are talking jobs, the economy, and federal spending.
The primary election is next Tuesday. Second District Congressman Lee Terry is running for his seventh term in the U.S. House. Terry’s campaign chairman, Dave Boomer, says the Congressman is focusing his campaign on spending and fiscal accountability.
The Omaha, Bellevue, and Papillion Fire Departments have announced a mutual aid agreement.
The automatic mutual aid agreement begins at 10 AM Wednesday. It means the closest fire department will respond to an emergency, regardless of jurisdiction. For example, if a Bellevue resident with an emergency lives closer to a south Omaha fire station, that station would respond first.
Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett says he’s “feeling terrific” following his diagnosis of stage one prostate cancer.
Buffett’s cancer was among the first round of questions fielded Saturday morning at Berkshire’s annual shareholders meeting. The 81-year-old Buffett announced last month he had stage one prostate cancer, and will begin treatment in July. He told shareholders that he has four doctors, who’ve told him he won’t need to be hospitalized or take a day off work.