Mayor's Anniversary Letter
It's been a year since Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert was sworn into office. Tuesday, she released a letter to citizens marking the anniversary.
"I am proud of the progress we have made this year and look forward to the challenges we face together," the letter begins.
Mayor Stothert says she's pleased with the progress the city has made in reducing violent crime.
She points to more police officers, a second gang specialist, a focus on community policing, and increased Crimestoppers rewards.
Mayor Stothert also pointed to her accomplishment addressing a multimillion dollar deficit.
"Despite flat sales and property tax revenues for 2014, we managed down this year’s shortfall from $19 million to zero. This was accomplished with spending reductions, not new taxes," says Stothert.
She is promising a 2015 budget without a tax increase.
Among other changes, Mayor Stothert points to increased service to the "customers" - aka citizens.
"I have reorganized and expanded my Community Relations Team and we improved the services of the Mayor’s Hotline. In the last two months, we have assisted with nearly 3,500 requests from citizens."
The Mayor says citizens can continue to expect quality customer service and follow-up.