Higher revenue from building permits and motor vehicle taxes might help the City of Omaha end the year with a $5.6 million surplus.
The Mayor's Office said Friday that city officials are expecting a brighter financial picture than the $13 million shortfall forecast earlier this year.
In a press release, Mayor Jean Stothert also attributed the positive forecast to a hiring freeze on city employees and cost-cutting across departments.
She said the Police Department is expected to be $4.9 million under budget because of reductions, including vacant positions left unfilled.
The Fire Department, meanwhile, is expected to be $6.2 million over budget. About $5.3 million of that budget gap will be covered by money from the city's contingent liability fund.
Building permit and license revenue is expected to be $1.1 million over budget, with motor vehicle taxes about $800,000 over budget. Sales and use tax revenue, however, is expected to be $7.3 million short of the amount factored into the 2013 budget.