"Lincoln is experiencing an unprecedented period of growth, and this budget makes the investments necessary to continue that success. Together, the Council and I increased public safety by adding police officers and an ambulance for better emergency response. We are spending a record amount on streets and infrastructure to speed traffic and increase economic development. We are taking care of what we have, a key to protecting our high quality of life. And we are looking to the future with investments in the Police Fire Pension and technological innovations.
"At the same time, Lincoln residents understand the need to invest in the quality services that help ALL families succeed and thrive. Our low-income families benefit from expanded bus service, after-school programming that keeps kids safe and active, and neighborhood programs at our libraries and parks. As our population ages, we must continue to invest in hot meals at our senior centers and other services that keep seniors active and independent.
"Just as importantly, this budget does not jeopardize these services in the future by using budget gimmicks or delaying expenses - practices that created a budget hole in the past and that hurt services for kids, seniors and families. A balanced and progressive budget is a key to our future success."