Mayor Don Wesely today encouraged citizens to check out the "Catalog of Gifts" now available in all public libraries in Lincoln and on the city web site. The 29-page catalog lists ways Lincoln residents can make financial contributions or donate time or specific items to city departments.
"Just last week, I announced new belt-tightening measures as we continue to watch sales tax revenues lag behind projections," said Wesely. "At the same time, our needs are growing along with our city. The people of Lincoln have historically been very generous in helping us to fund those items not covered by the budget, and we hope this catalog will give them some ideas of how their gifts can help our city."
The city has previously published similar catalogs. Mayor’s Office staff found one dating back to the administration of Mayor Roland Luedtke from 1983 through 1987. Mayor Wesely said re-establishing a formal gift program provides a way for citizens to directly improve city services and the quality of life in Lincoln.
"In the catalog, you will find everything from a five-dollar smoke detector to $8.2 million for renovations at the Bennett Martin Public Library," said Wesely. "It wasn’t possible to list every need, so those who would like to donate items not listed are certainly welcome to do so."
Donations to the city are generally tax-deductible. The city will present donors with certificates or plaques recognizing their contributions. Copies of the catalog were mailed to business leaders earlier this year. The catalogs are also available at the Mayor’s office, second floor of the County-City Building, 555 South 10th, and on the Mayor’s page on the city web site.