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.
A new study finds that while public speaking might be the most common fear, it isn’t number one.
UNO Public Speaking Fundamentals program director Karen Kangas Dwyer and Speech Center Coordinator Marlina Davidson did the study. It revisited a 1973 study that found more people feared public speaking than death.
Mike Gurciullo and His Las Vegas Lab Band open the 2012 Jazz on the Green Series tonight at Turner Park.
Gurciullo is originally from Omaha, and spent more than a decade in Las Vegas as an entertainer. Gurciullo played lead jazz/trumpet in the Wayne Newton Orchestra for four years.
He says he and his band play classic standard arrangements of out of print or unpublished songs as well as original arrangements. Gurciullo says he and his band will be brining a bit of Las Vegas to Omaha tonight.
Douglas County Commissioners have approved a $325 million 2012-13 budget.
The county’s new fiscal year began July first. The new fiscal year budget contains no tax increase and keeps the budgets of most offices flat.
Finance Director Joe Lorenz says it’s a responsible and aggressive spending plan, but achievable.
The county’s General Fund budget grew 2.1 percent compared to last fiscal year’s plan. Lorenz says cost increases in the Election Commission and Environmental Services offices increased, but it was offset by additional revenue.
The city of Omaha has announced the four finalists for Police Chief.
A nationwide search for Police Chief candidates was conducted following the retirement of Alex Hayes. Two finalists are from within the department. One is Captain Gregory Gonzalez. He’s Southwest Precinct Commander and an Acting Deputy Chief.
The other is Deputy Police Chief Todd Schmaderer, who oversees the Uniform Patrol Bureau operations and budget.
Ruth Sokolof Theatre had its grand opening on July 27, 2007 and Film Streams is currently celebrating its 5th Anniversary.
Executive Director Rachel Jacobson says Film Streams has come a long way in five years, further than she expected. She says the overwhelming community support has allowed Film Streams to present all sorts of programs. Jacobson says the theatre shows about 150 films per year, and has offered many screenings in collaboration with community partners.
Members of Omaha’s Fire Management Team will contribute more to the pension system and be on the city’s health care plan under a tentative agreement.
The Omaha City Council announced Friday that a tentative agreement was reached with the union representing the four-member Fire Management Team. It includes Chief Mike McDonnell and three Assistant Chiefs.