Omaha added another 1,000 people and four subdivisions to the city Tuesday after the City Council passed one of the city’s smallest annexation packages in years.
Included in Mayor Jean Stothert’s package are Stone Creek Plaza near 156th and Fort Streets, The Willows near 168th and Blondo Streets and a pair of Ranch View Estates sanitary improvement districts near 204th and Pacific Streets.
The vote on the annexation package was 5-1, with Councilman Vinny Palermo casting the lone “no” vote.
Palermo, who represents South Omaha, said that he appreciated the smaller package but that the city should address the needs it has already before growing.
“It’s a broken record,” he said. “I think we’re being stretched too thin.”
He said the city should focus on hiring enough workers to fill potholes and fix streets.
Stothert has said the annexation would add $9.6 million in revenue for the city over the next decade. The city will pay off $3.4 million in SID debt and spend $4.9 million to deliver city services, which would still put the city ahead financially.
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