Mayor Jean Stothert today called on her opponent to give a simple “yes” or “no” as to whether he agrees with her position that nothing would happen with a proposed streetcar proposal unless the voters of Omaha approve it in a ballot referendum.
“It’s time for Mr. Mello to stop waffling and take a stand. I am willing to do so—and lead—by committing that no city funds would go to the streetcar project unless the voters approve it. This is a community decision, and I want the people to decide the issue,” Stothert said.
Mello’s campaign issued a statement today stating the mayor has “committed” $30 million in city funds for the project—an assertion that is flatly untrue. No decision has been made—no dollars have been committed.
“I pledge that any city funding for a streetcar project in the future, if a specific plan is proposed and feasible, would come from a funding option that would require a public vote,” Stothert said.