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2009 Media Releases

May 8, 2009
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Alan Tomkins, Public Policy Center, 472-5678


Residents have one more week to participate in an online survey on the City budget now available at The "Taking Charge" survey focuses on programs and services that are in danger of being eliminated or reduced in the 2009-2010 budget. It will remain on the City Web site until 5 p.m. Friday, May 15.

The City is working with the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center (PPC) on the current survey, which will take about 20 to 25 minutes to complete. Those taking the survey will answer a series of questions selected at random from a larger pool. Specific topics include Library services; pools and other Parks and Recreation programs and facilities; health programs to prevent injury and disease; Police services; stormwater, floodplain and development review; and snow removal.

Those taking the survey also will have the opportunity to indicate their willingness to participate in an in-depth discussion about the City's budget scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 16 at UNL's East Campus. Mayor Chris Beutler and City Directors will attend. Pre-registration is required, and space is limited, so those interested in participating in the discussion should complete the survey and register as soon as possible. More information about the discussion is available from the PPC's Web site,, or by calling 472-5678. Funding for the project comes from an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation grant to the PPC. Participants in the May 16 discussion will be compensated $35 for their time and input.

The Mayor is scheduled to make his decisions on the 2009-2010 City budget in May, and the budget is released to the public in June. The City Council votes on tentative changes to the Mayor's budget in July. The public hearing and Council adoption of the budget are scheduled for August.

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