Mayor Chris Beutler today announced several new developments on the stormwater bond issue, which is set for public vote on May 10. At the request of City Council member Jane Raybould, the City will host four town hall meetings to help citizens better understand the projects to be funded.
"Homes and businesses across Lincoln are experiencing flooding due to the lack of adequate stormwater infrastructure," Beutler said. "It is important for every resident to understand the projects at stake in the May 10 bond issue. The town hall meetings will be a great opportunity for the public to learn more about the projects before they vote."
The meetings will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on these dates:
Efforts are under way to create a "Stormwater Improvement Project Match" account to ensure that City funding is available for stormwater projects that attract significant federal, state and NRD matching dollars. City Council member Cyndi Lamm has introduced a resolution creating the account. Mayor Beutler is supporting the effort, and the rest of the City Council is expected to support it. The resolution is being proposed as a contingency plan to safeguard critical projects in the event the stormwater bond is not approved.
The action would assure up to $500,000 in City funding for stormwater projects that would lose significant funding from other agencies if voters do not approve the $6.3 million stormwater bond issue. On Monday, the City Council will consider a resolution that would transfer $500,000 from the City contingency fund to the new account. If the bond issue passes, the money would remain in the contingency fund.
Mayor Beutler believes these efforts will lead to another successful outcome to build stormwater infrastructure.
"The voters of Lincoln have consistently supported efforts to prevent flooding, giving their approval to the last nine stormwater bond issues. We need the entire community to understand how the 17 projects will protect both residential and commercial properties," he said.
If approved, the bond issue would cost the owner of a $150,000 home about $4 a year. A list of projects and more information about the bond issue are available at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: stormwater).