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City Council opts against diverting funds from police

Posted at 2:13 PM, Aug 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-18 19:26:56-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — A vote to amend the city’s budget by shifting funds from Omaha Police to a variety of community services failed to pass during City Council’s meeting Tuesday.

City Council President Chris Jerram proposed shifting over 1%, or roughly $2 million, of OPD’s budget to other resources.

Most of the money would have gone to mental health services.

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert has said she won’t cut any money from OPD’s $161.3 million budget and would have vetoed the amendment if it had it passed.

Police Chief Todd Schmaderer said the amendment would have led to a reduction of about 20 personnel.

The council did pass Pete Festersen's amendment by a 4-3 vote. Under that plan, $1.8 million would be diverted from cash reserves to mental health workforce training.

Mayor Stothert said she will veto Festersen’s amendment.

The overall vote on the budget was 5-2.

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