The final report of this summer's Taking Charge budget survey is now available at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: taking charge). More than 2,300 online and paper surveys were completed, and about 58 people attended the half-day Community Conversation.
For the portion of the survey that focused on current spending priorities, respondents were given $500,000 to spend on eight current programs with a total cost of about $2 million. The programs were chosen for the survey because they rank as lower priority compared to other City services.
About 55 percent of the respondents indicated that the City should either raise taxes or both cut programs and raise taxes.
For the portion of the survey that focused on future needs, respondents were asked to rate and rank five priority projects. Parks capital replacement and repair was rated and ranked as the most important of the five priorities. South Beltway construction, StarTran service expansion and Bennett Martin Library replacement and branch library repair finished second through fourth, while golf capital replacement and repair rated and ranked fifth.
The City has partnered with the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center (PPC) since 2008 on the Taking Charge process, which has included surveys and public meetings. More information on the PPC is available at ppc.unl.edu.