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.
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.
"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.