Under a Dan Welch mayoral administration, the City of Omaha would start to plan for a merger with the county and roll back some taxes enacted under Mayor Jim Suttle.
Welch, one of five candidates for Omaha mayor, is set to release a plan for the city at a press conference today.
The plan reiterates many of his previous points, but it also adds some new ones.
This is the first time that Welch has publicly focused on a city-county merger. He says it's not going to happen overnight, but the city should have a plan in place.
“With the call for a combined Douglas County and Omaha crime lab, there needs to be a serious discussion about a city-county merger to improve services and decrease taxes for area citizens,” he said in his plan. “I encourage state government to provide a road map for this merger as well as other possible consolidations in an effort to maximize efficiencies.”
Welch also said he would oppose “any new tax increases” and would favor rolling back taxes that have been passed under Suttle, including the restaurant tax and a property tax increase.
He also offered more specifics on public safety plans, including supporting the addition of a prosecutor who would focus on gun crimes.
Welch, a Republican, is competing against Suttle, City Council member Jean Stothert, Omaha businessman Dave Nabity and State Sen. Brad Ashford.
The nonpartisan primary is April 2. The top two vote-getters will go on to the May 15 general election.
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