City of Lincoln
2009 Media Releases
Mayor Chris Beutler today thanked members of Nebraska's congressional delegation for their work to include millions of dollars of local priorities in the 2009 federal Omnibus Appropriations Bill approved by Congress earlier this month. The bill includes about $2.5 million for the Special Olympics 2010 USA National Games to be held in Lincoln and $5.2 million for the Antelope Valley Project.
"This federal funding is essential to the success of key projects in our community," said Mayor Beutler. "These local priorities are often wrongly characterized as pet projects, but they are in fact people's projects -- projects we ask our congressional delegation to fight for. In many cases the earmark process is the only way to get federal funds for these important initiatives in states with smaller populations." Beutler said U.S. Senator Ben Nelson, U.S. Representative Jeff Fortenberry and former U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel worked hard to get the local priorities in the federal bill.
Beutler also thanked Senator Nelson for his work in ensuring the bill's passage. "His support of the entire bill is greatly appreciated by all communities looking to improve services to their residents," he said. "I am grateful for his efforts to ensure that Lincoln taxpayers receive their fair share of our federal tax dollars."
Lincoln will receive $4.6 million for flood control and $570,000 for transportation improvements as part of the Antelope Valley Project. Other local projects included in the bill are $550,000 for wastewater treatment facility improvements and $132,000 for Police Department technology upgrades. The bill also includes about $2 million for local nonprofits, including the Center for People in Need, St. Monica's, CEDARS and the Nebraska Meth Project.