LINCOLN, NE – With the narrow passage of the quarter cent sales tax increase to provide additional funding for road repairs, City Councilwoman and candidate for Mayor Cyndi Lamm has pledged to use every penny of the new tax for roads. “The primary focus will be repairing severely neglected streets,” said Lamm. She also pledged to provide greater accountability and transparency for how the new tax would be used to repair Lincoln roads.
“Tuesday night, Lincoln voters spoke, and I will honor their decision,” said Cyndi Lamm. “I also realize that there were a lot of Lincoln voters who did not support the new tax. Making sure the new sales tax is used the way voters intend, is completely transparent, and fully accounted for, will be the key to restoring taxpayer’s faith in their government. Under my administration, money meant for roads will be used for roads.”
“With the passage of the sales tax increase I pledge that under my administration we will spend every penny possible to fund road repairs. We will bring accountability and transparency to the process by putting all revenue and expenditures online for the public to follow.”
Lamm says her administration will give frequent updates on project schedules, anticipated completion dates, and said she would work with community and neighborhood leaders to ease some of the burdens that come with road construction. The road repair money would be used to address the greatest needs in every part of the city.
As of the last report, the sales tax increase passed by only 579 votes out of 49,239 ballots cast.
“Raising taxes should always be a last resort. Voters should have never been put in a position where they believed this was the last resort. Lincoln residents are starting to get tired of tax and fee increases. We must end the practice of having a new tax or fee to address every challenge our city faces. I will look to bring fiscal accountability back to City Hall,” added Lamm.
“The taxpayers’ patience is wearing thin. We have to get this right, and I will be the Mayor to do that.”