Lawmaker: Sell MUD to pay debts

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Posted: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 12:00 am

State Sen. Scott Lautenbaugh thinks he’s found a way to pay for Omaha’s costly sewer overhaul, with enough left over to help out its underfunded pensions and Omaha schools: Sell the Metropolitan Utilities District.

Lautenbaugh, an Omaha lawmaker who floated the idea in 2012, said he would introduce a bill this legislative session to privatize the district and use the proceeds to pay the $2 billion cost of the sewer separation project. The rest of the money would be used to upgrade technology and security in Omaha Public Schools and offset the city’s pension liability.

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