City of Lincoln
2009 Media Releases
Mayor says further cuts would hurt City's ability to meet needs
Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that his proposed budget for the 2009-2010 fiscal year will include about $5.6 million in cuts, including 28 FTEs (full-time equivalent positions). That brings the total cuts since Mayor Beutler took office in May 2007 to nearly $10 million and 143 FTEs.
"This budget again demonstrates my Administration's commitment to doing more with less and to evaluating every program with an eye toward being more effective and less burdensome to taxpayers," Mayor Beutler said. "For the third year running, we've squeezed the bottom line and found innovative solutions to preserving services at less cost."
Specific cuts in the Mayor's proposed budget include the following:
At the same time, the Mayor said Lincoln has reached the "tipping point" where further cuts damage the City's ability to effectively address community needs. "If you cut expenses to the point at which the remaining funds can't get the job done, then you've wasted money in the name of political expediency," Beutler said. "I cannot in good conscience allow our community to become second rate because the City's elected leaders cared more about their re-election than your future. We cannot cut our way to prosperity."
Mayor Beutler pointed out that Lincoln remains one of the best "tax bargains" in the State:
The Mayor will present his budget to the City Council at 10 a.m. Monday, July 6. The presentation will be carried live on 5 CITY-TV, government access cable channel 5. The City Council votes on tentative changes to the Mayor's budget in July. The public hearing on the budget is scheduled for August 10.