Lincoln City Council Members Propose Additional Budget Items – City of Lincoln, NE
Posted on August 06, 2021
The changes include a reduction in property tax
As a result of the outlined budget process, five members of Lincoln City Council today notified the city’s budget office of additional budget changes based on funding availability when final property appraisals will be set by the appraiser. of Lancaster County. The changes include additional funding for affordable housing, sidewalks, firefighters, tree maintenance / replacement and mental health programs, as well as a property tax reduction of $ 500,000. All items would depend on the availability of additional income.
“This kit reflects important priorities that support a strong and healthy community,” said Board Chair James Michael Bowers. “It also includes a reduction in the property tax rate to ensure that we are carefully managing taxpayer dollars,” Bowers said.
Deputy Council Chair Tammy Ward said it is critical to include additional funding for affordable housing in the budget proposal. “We hear from all parts of the community that safe and affordable housing is a major need for Lincoln families,” Ward said.
The proposal also includes additional funding for mental health services and programs. “Connecting people in crisis with resources and trained mental health professionals is a public health priority,” said Council member Sändra Washington. “Additional funding can also provide an alternative response and assistance beyond Lincoln Police and Lincoln Fire and Rescue. “
The Council’s budget proposal provides additional funding for services, but also includes a reduction in the property tax rate. “The inclusion of property tax relief was an important part of the overall package,” said Tom Beckius, Council member. “A tax reduction of $ 500,000 helps mitigate the impact of recent real estate revaluations. “
Council member Bennie Shobe appreciated the additional funding for the sidewalks. “Quality sidewalks promote the health of residents and protect the safety of school children and other pedestrians. Proper maintenance and repairs help meet the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act and reduce the city’s legal liability for potential trip hazards due to damaged or misaligned boardwalks, ”Shobe said.
In accordance with the process set out by the city council resolution, council will discuss the proposal on Monday August 9 and vote on Wednesday August 11. If approved, the changes will be part of the final budget resolution scheduled for council vote on August 23.
Proposed Budget Change for 2021-2022 City of Lincoln Budget
Submitted by Council Members Bowers, Ward, Washington, Shobe, Beckius
Subject to additional funds being available through the final property appraisal compared to the amount currently planned, the budget would be amended to include the following:
- For financing available up to $ 1,500,000
- $ 750,000 for affordable housing
- $ 250,000 at sidewalks
- $ 200,000 for pruning / tree replacement
- $ 175,000 for two additional firefighters
- $ 125,000 for mental health services
NOTE: Items would be funded proportionately if revenues are less than $ 1,500,000
- For available financing greater than $ 1,500,000
- $ 500,000 to property tax reduction, THEN
- 50% to the police and fire pension
- 50% in the streets