Lowering taxes and cutting city spending — including slashing salaries for department heads and eliminating the mayor's chauffeured car — are among the top points in a plan released Monday by Omaha mayoral candidate Jean Stothert.
The City Council member, one of five major candidates for Omaha's top job, touts her “proven conservative record” in her nine-page Plan for Omaha's Future.
Stothert targets Mayor Jim Suttle, who she says broke campaign promises of lowering taxes and “embarked on a two-year binge of new taxes.” She said she plans to cut the property tax rate and points to experience taking similar action while serving on the Millard school board.
Stothert calls for smaller budgets across city departments, although she would push for growth in the Police Department. “In short, what we need are more officers on the streets, with the best equipment available,” the plan says.
A Stothert administration would also take a hard line on union contracts, pushing for more reform in state labor laws. Stothert says contributions from the groups involved in those discussions won't be a part of her campaign.
“I pledge to never accept campaign contributions from the public employee unions with labor contracts negotiated and approved by the city,” the plan says. “I challenge my opponents to do the same.”
At City Hall, Stothert says she'd want to see more reviews and audits of workers' performance. “A culture of arrogance has taken hold in city hall,” the plan says. “We must make our city more efficient. More importantly, government must be reprogrammed to serve their customers — just like Omaha's citizens do every day in the private sector.”
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