The majority of people who participated in the City's "Taking Charge" budget initiative preferred a moderate increase in taxes rather than cuts in services that they value. That is one of the findings of the public participation effort which included an online survey and a Community Conversation discussion. The report from the 2011 Taking Charge initiative is now available on the home page of the City website at lincoln.ne.gov, and at takingcharge.lincoln.ne.gov.
"I want to thank all those who took the time to share their ideas with us," said Mayor Chris Beutler. "About 2,700 people took the survey, and 60 residents participated in our face-to-face discussion. Their input was very important to us as we developed the City budget for next fiscal year." The Mayor's proposed budget and the list of prioritized programs also are available on the City website.
The "Taking Charge" exercise asked participants to make funding decisions on nine current City programs. Other findings of the initiative include the following:
The Mayor also thanked the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center for its work on "Taking Charge." More information on the Center is available at ppc.unl.edu.