LINCOLN, NE – Lincoln Councilwoman and candidate for Mayor Cyndi Lamm wants to cut the City of Lincoln wheel tax by the end of her first term. Currently Lincoln residents pay $74.00 for passenger vehicles that carry nine people or less. Lamm’s goal is to lower the rates across the board by nearly one-third. Under the plan, rates for automobiles would drop to $56.00. All other categories would be adjusted accordingly.
“One of the biggest complaints I hear is that our wheel tax is too high and that citizens do not believe they are getting what they expect from the city in return,” said Lamm. “Let’s not forget, the wheel tax was supposed to be a temporary tax. Over the last twelve years alone, our wheel taxes have gone up 37%. This makes our wheel taxes the highest in the state.”
Prior to the sales tax increase initiative that passed by just 650 votes on April 9th, Lamm had stated that if the city had dedicated funds to prioritizing road repair there would have been no need for the tax increase.The new sales tax is expected to generate $13 million each year. The city will not begin seeing this revenue until 2020. If elected, Lamm plans to immediately prioritize road repair and allocate more money to address immediate needs.
“I believe that by managing the budget and prioritizing needs over wants we can repair and properly maintain our roads. For instance, I question parks receiving more of the general funds budget than road maintenance,” commented Lamm. “In the current budget the wheel tax brings in around $19 million.Taxpayers expect that money to be dedicated to roads, but in recent years some of the money has been used for trails, sidewalks and traffic signals. Of the $19 million, only $3 million is used on residential roads. It is all a matter of priorities.”
Lamm says that she will use the new sales tax revenue primarily on residential road repair as the top priority. She has also stated that the process will be open and transparent with frequent updates on progress, future roads projects, and she will work with neighborhood leaders to ease the burdens that come with construction projects.
“I am the candidate for Mayor voters can trust to make sure every penny meant for roads goes to roads. I will lookout for our taxpayers and restore confidence in city hall,” added Lamm.