The mayor of Nebraska’s largest city turned over her 2016 budget proposal to the Omaha City Council Tuesday. Mayor Jean Stothert says her priority is public safety.
Mayor Stothert says, “The brave men and women in blue who protect us everyday deserve a well equipped and well trained police force. We will goal of fully funding the sworn strength of the Omaha Police Department. Our sworn strength will be at a record high of 840 officers.”
The budget proposal totals $817-million. $132-million is slated for the police department and $97-million for the fire department. It calls for adding fifteen new firefighters and a new fire truck.
The proposal also provides more funding for street resurfacing projects and brick street repair. There is also more money proposed for several job training programs. It also calls for increased library funding.
Omaha’s restaurant tax would remain on the books and it is projected to bring in more than $29-million in 2016. Mayor Stothert opposes the tax and she says eliminating that in the future is a goal of her administration.
The proposal calls for no tax increases.