STATE OF THE CITY HIGHLIGHTS FROM MAYOR JEAN STOTHERT

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HIGHLIGHTS OF STATE OF THE CITY MESSAGE FROM MAYOR JEAN STOTHERT: FEB. 26, 2016 by NE Taxpayers for Freedom.

Omaha is the #1 place to work in technology in the Midwest.
Unemployment rate in city only 2%.

Public safety is her highest priority.
3-year plan beginning in 2013 will increase police force from 804 to 851.
Police experts in each crime category now.
Police work with feds to target gangs, illegal guns, and drugs.
Police officers will receive body cameras in March, 2016.
Joint gang prevention program with Boys Town.
City and county can merge their crime labs and begin one at UNMC with full services.

68 people began their businesses with city assistance.
Heartland Workforce Solutions identifies job seekers in high unemployment areas and matches them with jobs.
(This organization also assists illegal aliens).

Will accentuate government efficiencies and transparencies.
Administration forced MECA to abide by open meetings and records laws.
Health care for city employees will total $45 million in 2016.
New management of prescription drug costs will save money.

$100 million for additional public works projects.
New technology will upgrade curbside garbage collection service.
Will eliminate more unsafe dwellings.
Partner with neighborhood groups to identify and eliminate abandoned and neglected houses.

Bond debt is being retired earlier than originally scheduled.
New management approach will stop overspending and maintain a solid cash reserve balance.
Fire Dept. was $1 million under budget, allowing for purchase of a new rig, equipment, and additional firefighters.
No more pushing expenses to future years in union contracts.
11 labor agreements with cost-saving provisions since assuming office.
More needs to be done for unfunded pension liability

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