Omaha time capsule: Council asks for budget hike of $913,000

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Posted: Tuesday, January 1, 2013 12:00 am

January 1, 1937: City commissioners asked budget appropriations for 1937 totaling $3,083,725. Finance Commissioner Harry Knudsen said this figure exceeded the 1936 budget by approximately $913,000. The requests for each department were expected to be pared, but Knudsen believed a $350,000 increase would be needed if the salaries of firemen and policemen were increased. Knudsen estimated the city's income for the coming year would total approximately $2,215,523.

1959: Eastern Nebraska had a huge new electric utility going forward. With the New Year the merger of the Omaha Public Power District and Eastern Nebraska Public Power District went into effect, tying 12,000 farms and 47 communities together in a web of more than 9,400 miles of power lines.

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