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(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