$200 million bond for roads to be on May ballot

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The mayor's proposed $200 million bond to improve roads in Omaha will be on the May 2020 ballot.

Car drives over pothole once repaired on road (Source: WVLT)

On Tuesday, the Omaha City Council unanimously voted to let voters decide.

After the vote Mayor Jean Stothert said, "The condition of our streets is a top priority for me, and for our taxpayers. Thank you to the Council for supporting my recommendations which allows the voters to make this important decision. I am strongly convinced this is the best way forward for our city."

The issue was placed on a fast track. The mayor went public with the proposal on January 23. The city council placed it on the ballot after a public hearing 18 days later.

The bond would raise $40 million a year for five years. The goal is to fix roads long term rather than, as the mayor explained it, using a band-aid approach.

After the initial announcement, the mayor said the city looked at the numbers again and discovered the bond would cost a property owner about $26 a year for a $100,000 home. Earlier estimates had the figure at $35 a year.