Suttle Delivers State Of City Address

By: Associated Press / WOWT Email
By: Associated Press / WOWT Email

In Friday's State of the City address, the mayor says he's drastically improved Omaha's financial situation, but that will be jeopardized if there's an upheaval in leadership.

A recall petition with more than 37,000 signatures was submitted
in November, and Douglas County elections workers verified 28,720
of the signatures - enough to force Tuesday's vote.

In seeking Suttle's ouster, the recall group cited "excessive taxes, broken promises and union deals that cost taxpayers millions and threaten Omaha's economic future."

But Suttle says he's turned Omaha's finances around, eliminating
a projected $12.4 million shortfall to end 2010 with a $3.3 million
surplus and restoring the city's AAA bond rating.

As a news conference Thursday Suttle admitted that without the highly controversial restaurant tax, there would be no surplus.

The tax is expected to raise about $15 million a year. For the next 40 years taxpayers will put $13 million -- every year -- into the union pension fund. It is one of the hot button issues that inflamed many who support the mayor's recall.

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