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No property tax increase in city's 2019 budget proposal

Posted: 2:02 PM, Jul 17, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-17 22:30:03Z

Mayor Jean Stothert presented her 2019 budget proposal to the Omaha City Council on Tuesday.

The budget includes a 3.% overall increase to $400 million, but there is no increase to property taxes.  Since taking over Mayor Stothert has reduced property taxes twice and felt like this year they need to increase services rather than give a tax break.

DOCUMENT: City of Omaha 2019 budget summary

The 2019 budget would add 20 new police officers, pay for some expenses associated with the 5th OPD Precinct, increase the 911 budget by $700,000 to add dispatchers and add 6 positions for the Public Works Department specifically for snow removal and pothole demands.

DOWNLOAD: City of Omaha 2019 full budget proposal

"People want us to maintain the city and the two top issues that I hear every day and I hear it this year too is public safety; and then, second is the condition of our infrastructure and our roads.  So that remained a priority as we developed this budget," Mayor Stothert said.

The proposal will be up for a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. July 31 in the Legislative Chambers.