One Omaha City Councilman introduced a proposal that would require residents that live within three miles of the city limits to pay Omaha’s wheel tax. Franklin Thompson says in turn, they would be allowed to vote in city elections. This requires approval of the Legislature and Thompson says the sooner it can be brought to their attention the better.
Thompson says, “Part of what we have to do is guard against the message that we are sending because if it seems we’re divided here in Omaha, they are going to push this thing back 10, 20 years. So, we have to consistently push for what we need and what we deserve even though we know it will be tough sledding getting it. If we push hard and almost get it and we come back next year and we will get it, that is the strategy that we have to take.”
Thompson says some of his colleagues believe that allowing these residents to vote would upset the Republican, Democrat balance in the city. He says other opposition to his proposal is pretty basic and that is people don’t want to pay taxes but still want their streets fixed. He says, “I guess the tooth fairy is going to pay for it.”