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MetroNewsNow posted an article in Local NewsAfter a year of financial uncertainty and revenue loss, the City of Omaha projects a 2020 budget surplus estimated between $5-7 million dollars. The surplus can be attributed to numerous factors, including actions taken by Mayor Jean Stothert to reduce city spending by as much as $20 million as the Covid-19 pandemic severely impacted city revenues. The total all-fund budget shortfall was initially projected to be up to $75 million. Mayor Stothert made early decisions to protect public health by closing libraries and community centers, cancelling summer camps, delaying opening five c
MetroNewsNow posted an article in Local News(July 21, 2020) Mayor Jean Stothert presented a 2021 Budget and Capital Improvement Plan to the City Council Tuesday that includes the city’s new solid waste collection program, dozens of additional street resurfacing projects, increases in community service funding for job training and youth programs and funding to make a good police department even better. “The budget is based on our expectation that Omaha’s economy will continue to recover from the devastating impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic,” said Mayor Stothert. The 2021 General Fund budget will increase 4.6% to $439 mi