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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 NewsMayor Jean Stothert has developed a list of 2021 priorities to plan for and aid the City’s recovery from COVID-19. The 2021 Pandemic Recovery Priorities is a checklist that includes financial assistance to citizens, public health initiatives, additional city support for recovery-related community programs, resources to restart Omaha’s important tourism and event industry, and rescheduling a police recruit class. “We must plan a successful restart of our economy, support our citizens and businesses that need assistance, and manage city finances and services for our taxpayers,” sai
Mayor Stothert's Official press Release (June 4, 2020) Mayor Jean Stothert has signed an Emergency Order reinstating a citywide curfew Friday and Saturday nights, June 5 and 6. The curfew will be in effect from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00.a.m. The Mayor’s action is based on a recommendation from Police Chief Todd Schmaderer. At a news conference Wednesday, Chief Schmaderer said he would recommend reinstatement if information about planned weekend events warranted additional safety precautions. OPD is currently aware of 5 events planned for Friday and a large gathering on Satur