Omaha's 2014 spending blueprint is on its way to Mayor Jean Stothert for her signature. After two hours of debate, the city council gave it the seal of approval Tuesday afternoon.
The spending package totals $793 million with a $331 million general fund. It was adopted on a unanimous 7-0 vote but it took some sculpting to win that nod.
One item was a resolution to increase the ranks of the police force. The council was told that a city the size of Omaha needs at least 820 police officers. OPD currently has 780 on the street.
The council voted unanimously to have two new police classes trained. Approximately $150,000 from the general fund will serve as linchpin financing to cover the cost.
The sustainability coordinator position is in for some changes. Instead of being eliminated, $50,000 is being moved around to hire a private company to fill the roll.
The approved budget will now be sent back to Mayor Stothert for her signature. If she makes any line-item adjustments, the council would then have the opportunity to consider overrides.