Stothert: Proposal is first step in streamlining city operations

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Posted: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 12:00 am

Mayor Jean Stothert told the Omaha City Council on Tuesday that her $793 million budget proposal for 2014 is a first step in an ongoing effort to push the city to “streamline, consolidate and become more efficient.”

The plan doesn't yet accomplish Stothert's campaign goals of cutting property taxes and repealing the city's restaurant tax. But faced with the challenges of surging health care and wage expenses and stagnant property and sales tax revenue, the mayor said she's confident that her budget will keep the city on track.

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