There are two primary sources of city revenue, the city sales tax and the city’s portion of the local property tax.
The sales tax rate remains unchanged since I first became mayor and we have lowered the city property tax rate twice. While the city portion of your property tax is smaller than some other taxing entities (and some of them have increased their rates) we are doing all we can to run Omaha efficiently and keep rates at the lowest possible level.
We have eliminated duplicate and unnecessary programs, combined other programs for greater efficiency, and expanded others that made the most sense for our community.
We’ve grown the economy, expanded city boundaries, added to critical efforts like public safety, and started transportation initiatives and park improvements, all while experiencing minimal growth in the city budget and reducing the tax rate twice. That’s a record I’m proud of!