Stothert’s main goals with $917M budget: lower property taxes, fix streets, keep people safe

“I never forget whose money we’re spending. It’s not ours, it’s the taxpayers’.” — Mayor Jean Stothert

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert gained some tentative support on the City Council Tuesday for her proposal to cut the city’s property tax rate by 2 percent next year.

If approved, it would be the second property tax cut of Stothert’s administration.

Stothert, who took office in 2013, said her 2017 budget proposal addresses the three main issues she hears about from Omahans: lowering property taxes, fixing the streets and keeping people safe.

“I never forget whose money we’re spending,” she said. “It’s not ours, it’s the taxpayers.’ ”

Stothert presented her proposal to the council Tuesday. The council will vote on the budget and any possible changes next month.

Most council members said they like the idea of a tax cut.

“It sounds palatable,” Councilman Garry Gernandt said. “Now the council has 30 days to check out the ingredients.”

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