Council OKs Budget

Mayor Jean Stothert’s budget proposal for 2015 got the green light Tuesday afternoon from the Omaha City Council.

The amended budget passed unanimously and includes a two percent property tax cut.

It will not eliminate the current restaurant tax.

There might still be a few skirmishes ahead if the mayor follows through with her threats of some vetoes.

Here are a few changes she does not like.

Last week we learned the city took in an extra $800,000 in property tax revenue, which was not anticipated. City council members came up with different ways to spend the money on streets and alleys rather than put it in the general fund.

Stothert also plans to veto $40,000 that would go to the Great Plains Black History Museum. The mayor says the project is not well organized yet.

The council also spent $60,000 to continue with a new version of the bike czar to be called Complete Streets Active Living Manager.

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