Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that a change to his proposed budget for 2018-2020 would allow an additional $2.8 million to be used for streets. The change is the result of new information on health insurance claims. The Finance Office had projected a 9-percent increase in health insurance rates for the general fund and a 10-percent increase for all other funds. Actual claims information indicates the rate increase will be only about 3 percent. This frees up about $1.3 million in 2018-2019 and about $1.5 million in 2019-2020.

“The budget I proposed in June includes $65 million a year for street maintenance and construction, including $3 million to repair nearly 600 blocks of residential streets,” Mayor Beutler said. “But as our Citizens’ Transportation Coalition concluded, Lincoln still has a $33 million gap in funding available to meet our transportation needs through 2040. I am recommending to the City Council that we use this opportunity to create a separate street fund that is flexible enough to meet the highest priority street needs.”

The Mayor’s budget proposal for 2018-2020 is available at lincoln.ne.gov. The total tax-funded budget is increasing from $184 million in the current fiscal year to $205 million in 2018-2019 and to $212 million in 2019-2020. The budget does not increase the City’s property tax levy, which will remain at 31.648 cents per $100 of assessed valuation.

The City Council is scheduled to act on the Mayor’s recommended budget at the following meetings:

· Thurs., July 12 – Council discusses tentative changes to the Mayor’s recommended budget from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

· Mon., July 16 – Council votes on tentative changes to the Mayor’s recommended budget

· Mon., July 30 – Public hearing on the budget begins at 2:30 p.m.

· Mon., Aug. 6 – Council discusses proposed final changes to the Mayor’s recommended budget

· Wed., Aug. 8 – Council votes on final changes to the Mayors recommended budget

· Mon., Aug. 20 – Council adopts the budget


I have been involved with publishing and marketing for the past 32 years. My passion is helping people share their voice. I am able to do this through two important venues: One, with Area-Info.net where people can share everything from opinions to events to news. It is your choice! What do you want to share? Two, through a new program called America's Real Deal I am involved with to help business owners get their voice heard.I schedule speaking engagements with community groups and business groups to share my passion about the importance of "sharing your voice".Contact me directly at lee@leeeverton.com for scheduling information.

You May Also Like