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(August 27, 2019)

The City Council unanimously approved Mayor Stothert’s recommended $1.1 billion 2020 budget, including the $419.6 million General Fund.  The budget maintains a low property tax rate and prioritizes public safety and street repair. City department spending will increase only 2.2%. 

The current property tax levy is 47.922 cents per $100 valuation.

“This is the seventh consecutive budget that our property tax rate was either lowered or left unchanged. I am very proud of this record,” said Mayor Stothert.

Council members proposed four budget amendments. Mayor Stothert signed three of the amendments, to increase funding for PACE, Keep Omaha Beautiful’s Trees for Omaha program and an additional housing inspector.  She sent the fourth amendment for the Nebraska Center for Workforce Development and Education back to the Council unsigned because the organization did not complete the required application process that all non-profit organizations must complete to be considered for community service funds. That application requires a budget, a list of the organization’s officers and benchmarks for the program.

2020 Department Expense Highlights:

  • Increase the Omaha Police Department budget to $159.5 million
  • Increase the Omaha Fire Department budget to $110.1 million
  • Increase street resurfacing budget to $12.6 million
  • Add employees in street maintenance, sewer maintenance and housing inspections
  • Add funding for new Fall Cleanup and expanded Spring Cleanup and begin the public education and outreach program to prepare for changes in solid waste collection that will begin in January 2021
  • Maintain financial commitments to employment and job training programs; Step-Up, Way to Work and Heartland Workforce Solutions
  • Funding for qualifying community service programs that support Mayor Stothert’s strategic priorities including job training and workforce development, public safety, economic development and neighborhood improvement

“We have a very good budget that everybody agrees with,” said Mayor Stothert.