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2009 Media Releases


Date:
July 20, 2009
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Steve Hubka, Budget Officer, 441-7698


MAYOR ISSUES STATEMENT ON COUNCIL BUDGET VOTES

The City Council this morning voted on tentative changes to the Mayor Chris Beutler's proposed City budget for fiscal year 2009-2010. Mayor Beutler said he was gratified that Council members agreed with him on most of the important issues facing the City.

"The Council recognized the importance of parks, pools and libraries to Lincoln's quality of life and were willing to support the revenues that saved those programs," Beutler said. "We took a giant step forward on speeding job creation projects with the favorable vote on initial funding for the Development Services Center. The Council also understood the necessity of a cash reserve or 'rainy day' fund to maintain City services during economic downturns.

"I am disappointed in the removal of money from the Fast Forward Fund," he said. "There was a great deal of discussion on the need to support job growth and economic development, and this is a fund to do exactly that.

"Overall, I look forward to continuing the budget discussion with the Council and the public as we move forward."

A summary of the Mayor's proposed budget and the City Council changes will be published in the August 1st issue of the Neighborhood Extra. The information also will be available on the City Web site, lincoln.ne.gov.

The public hearing on the proposed budget is Monday August 10 from 2:30 to 6 p.m. and 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. The Council votes on final changes at 9 a.m. Wednesday, August 12 and is scheduled to adopt the budget Monday, August 24. All those meetings are in the City Council Chambers, 555 S. 10th St.


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