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A message from Mayor Stothert:

 

I regard our various Constitutional protections, especially those in the First Amendment, as vital and uniquely American.   This includes the freedom of assembly.

At the same time, our laws provide enormous powers to government (especially the federal government) to direct citizen conduct during times of war, natural disasters, and outbreaks like the pandemic we now face.  Of course, these laws were written assuming the leaders implementing them do so only when necessary, and then remove them as quickly as possible.

When freedom and liberty are suddenly affected by government acts, the resulting anxiety and mistrust are understandable.  I understand how difficult it is to change personal behavior for an abstract public good.

While each emergency is different, I believe recent actions to reduce citizen interactions to control the spread of the coronavirus is critical to our national health.  This is the only way we have right now to reduce grave illness and deaths.

During times of peace and normalcy we all seem to accept reasonable limits to our right of assembly.  We limit capacity in restaurants, meeting halls have attendance limits for fire code reasons, and permits are required for the safe operation of parades and protests.

New short-term limitations on how people interact, and other suggestions to reduce the spread of this aggressive and deadly virus, seem appropriate to me.

And when this public health challenge is over be assured that I will push along with you to restore all the civil liberties that have helped this country become the worldwide beacon of freedom.

In the meantime, please listen to our medical professionals and avoid contact with others as much as you can.  Doing so may save the life of someone you know, a loved one, or even yourself.

(September 16, 2019) – Mayor Jean Stothert will hold her annual series of Town Hall meetings this fall beginning September 24th.  In the last six years, Mayor Stothert has hosted 46 Town Hall meetings.           

“Town Halls give taxpayers the opportunity to learn about important city issues, offer input and ask questions,” said Mayor Stothert.  “This year, we will be talking a lot about developing a long-term strategy to improve and maintain our roads and the transition to the new trash collection system in 2021.  It’s so important to meet people personally so we can work together on issues that affect all of us.”

 

SEPTEMBER 24 -  City Council District 2                                                                                       

Adams Park Community Center                                      

3230 John A Creighton Blvd                                                            

6:00-7:30pm                                                               

                                                           

SEPTEMBER 30 - City Council District 6                                               

Montclair Community Center                                    

2304 S. 135 Avenue                                                         

6:00-7:30pm                                                               

           

OCTOBER 3 - City Council District 4                                                                                                       

Our Lady of Guadalupe Hall                                        

23rd & O                                                                           

6:00-7:30pm

                                                                       

OCTOBER 7 - City Council District 1           

Laura Dodge Elementary School

3520 Maplewood Blvd

6:00-7:30pm

 

OCTOBER 22 - City Council District 7

Sunny Slope Elementary School

10828 Old Maple Road

6:00-7:30pm        

 

NOVEMBER 18 - City Council District 3

Subby Anzaldo Columbus Park Community Center

1515 S. 24th Street

6:00-7:30pm        

 

NOVEMBER 21 - City Council District 5

Sandoz Elementary School

5959 Oak Hills Drive

6:45-8:00pm        

(May 9, 2019)

Mayor Jean Stothert will propose an annexation package that will increase the city’s population and tax base.

After the annual evaluation of the City’s 132 SIDs, the financial analysis shows four SIDs and two adjacent areas are good candidates for annexation.

Mayor Stothert’s 2019 annexation goals are consistent with previous years; the City’s ability to provide police and fire protection, eliminate islands that are already surrounded by the city, and annexation must be revenue positive for the city over the next ten years.

The City’s population will increase by approximately 955 based on 2010 Census data.

After annexation, property taxes in the four SIDs will decrease. The average reduction is $475 per $100,000 valuation.  

 Over the next ten years, projections show the City will collect an estimated $9.6 million in revenue:

  • $8,456,976 property tax revenue
  • $187,872 sales tax
  • $252,000  wheel tax
  • $782,000  street and highway funds    

The City will pay off $3.4 million in debt owed by the SIDs, and the approximate cost of city services is $4.9 million.  After expenses, the actual revenue is approximately $2.3 million.

 “Omaha must continue to grow and remain competitive as one of the largest Midwest cities,” said Mayor Stothert. “Continued, managed growth is important to attract new business and jobs. It has a positive impact on our bond ratings, and the additional revenue allows us to continue investing in our top priorities, public safety and street repair and improvements.” 

The Omaha Fire Department already provides fire protection and emergency medical service to all SIDs and adjacent areas and the volume of 911 calls is low. Police Chief Todd Schmaderer and Fire Chief Dan Olsen have both approved the annexation package.

There are no unimproved streets in any of the SIDs. One property owner has greenbelt status.

Home and business owners are receiving annexation information in the mail this week.

The proposal now goes to the Omaha Planning Board and City Council for approval.

The Planning Board will consider the package on June 5, it will go to the City Council for first reading on June 18. The public hearing is scheduled June 25. 

If passed, the annexation will be effective July 31.

An Open House for residents and business owners will be held Thursday May 23, 5:30-7:00 p.m. at Saddlebrook Community Center, 14850 Laurel Avenue. Mayor Stothert will provide an overview of the annexation package.  City departments will present information and answer questions.

The proposed SIDs to be annexed are all within City Council Districts 6 and 7.  

Stone Creek Plaza                                                   SID 443

The Willows and adjacent areas                              SID 496

Ranch View Estates and adjacent areas                 SID 467                              

Ranch View Estates 3                                              SID 556