Mayor Stothert proposes property tax cut in new budget plan

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For his recommended municipal budget for the year 2022, Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert said the focus should be on recovery, reinvestment and reconstruction after the COVID-19 pandemic. Stothert said. Stothert presented the general fund budget to Omaha city council on Tuesday afternoon. The first highlight the mayor pointed out was that the budget will reduce the city’s property tax rate by 2% Based on that rate, the recommended 2022 levy is 46.922 cents per $ 100 of property assessment. “The (Omaha) property tax levy, when we reduce it for 2022, will be the lowest for more than 20 years, “said Stothert. Stothert also said the budget will defer the increase in levies approved by voters and approved in 2020 to pay for the street preservation program. The move is being helped by an increase in levies. property valuations across the city In total, the recommended general fund budget is $ 456 million, an increase of 3.48% from 2021. Looking at the city’s All Fund budget, figures would rise to 1.2 billion of dollars. $ 169.9 million. The funding, said Stothert, will be for new hires, salaries and the maintenance of the mental health co-worker program. The Omaha Fire Department would see a 4% increase in its budget to $ 120.7 million. More funding would cover new employees, recruits and equipment. The mayor also included initial plans for a new police and fire headquarters in his capital improvement proposal. But the project is still at the discussion stage. Such a plan would involve razing the current buildings of 15th & Howard, and 16th & Jackson. Tourism Stothert also said a priority for this year’s budget would be to invest in the Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) of the city. The office allocation in 2022 would increase to $ 2 million, a jump of more than 11% from 2021. In addition to restoring sales and marketing programs, the city said its efforts with CVB will focus on increasing visitor demand, recovering lost jobs and returning tourism income to pre-pandemic levels. Public Works Stothert is proposing a 7% increase. The city would add around 30 new employees and pay higher costs for garbage and recycling. The mayor said an increase in recycling was pushing the city’s cost above the contacted amount of $ 24.2 million per year. Public contribution A public budget hearing will be held on August 3 at 6.30 p.m. in the City Council Chamber at 1819 Farnam.

For his recommended municipal budget for the year 2022, Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert said the focus should be on recovery, reinvestment and reconstruction after the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We want to fund each department with exactly what they need to run an effective department,” Stothert said.

Stothert presented the general fund budget to Omaha City Council on Tuesday afternoon.

The first highlight highlighted by the mayor was that the budget will reduce the city’s property tax rate by 2%. Based on this rate, the recommended 2022 levy is 46.922 cents per $ 100 of property assessment.

“The (Omaha) property tax levy, when we reduce it for 2022, will be the lowest in over 20 years,” Stothert said.

Stothert also said the budget would postpone the increase in levies approved by voters and approved in 2020 to fund the street preservation program.

The decision is made easier by an increase in real estate appraisals across the city.

In total, the recommended general fund budget is $ 456 million, an increase of 3.48% over 2021. Considering the city’s All Fund budget, the figures would rise to 1 , $ 2 billion.

Police & Firemen

Among the other key expenses of the mayor’s recommendation, the Omaha Police Department would see a 3.25 percent budget increase, to a total of $ 169.9 million. The funding, said Stothert, will be for new hires, salaries and the maintenance of the mental health co-worker program.

The Omaha Fire Department would see a 4% increase in its budget to $ 120.7 million. More funding would cover new employees, recruits and equipment.

The mayor also included initial plans for a new police and fire headquarters in his capital improvement proposal. But the project is still at the discussion stage. Such a plan would involve razing the current buildings at 15th & Howard and 16th & Jackson.

Tourism

Stothert also said that a priority for this year’s budget would be to invest in the city’s Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB). The office allocation in 2022 would increase to $ 2 million, a jump of more than 11% from 2021. In addition to restoring sales and marketing programs, the city said its efforts with CVB will focus on increasing visitor demand, recovering lost jobs and returning tourism income to pre-pandemic levels.

Public works

Stothert proposes a 7% increase. The city would add around 30 new employees and pay higher costs for garbage and recycling. The mayor said an increase in recycling was pushing the city’s cost above the contacted amount of $ 24.2 million per year.

Public contribution

A public budget hearing will take place on August 3 at 6.30 p.m. in the City Council Chamber at 1819 Farnam.

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