City Watch

A PROJECT OF NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM

Metropolitan area citizens face concerns about public safety, public works infrastructure maintenance, privatization of services, consolidation, merging and streamlining of city government, taxes, and unnecessary spending on services traditionally outside the scope of city responsibility. We encourage you to participate in our NTF City Watch Project, to call, fax, email, or write a letter to your city council members to urge them to vote fiscally conservative and implement ideas to give the citizens more efficient services under a leaner budget. Project participants will receive periodic newsletters, email bulletins, and research outlines and materials to act as watchdogs.

Issue Papers etc:

NTF Issue Paper: FIGHT THE CITY PLASTIC BAG BAN

NTF issue paper: ccwatch69.doc. 4-18/4-19. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: FIGHT THE CITY PLASTIC BAG BAN. BACKGROUND. The effort to ban plastic bags is a recent radical ecological fad, promoted by liberal local and state politicians urged on by radical environmentalists. Proponents base claims on emotion and debunked facts, believing that their theories justify denying consumers access to clean, safe, convenient, and recyclable Read more »

NTF ISSUE PAPER: ROGUE LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ATTEMPT TO MUZZLE TAXPAYER GROUPS

Edmon43.doc. 9-17. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: ROGUE LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ATTEMPT TO MUZZLE TAXPAYER GROUPS. BACKGROUND. Occasionally, our NE Taxpayers for Freedom group makes an open records or open meetings information request of local government subdivisions, like school districts or counties. One example, our request with 7 questions to local taxing authorities regarding their utilization of lobbyists. Usually, these councils Read more »

NTF WORKSHEET: LET THE SUN SHINE IN

NTF worksheet: sunshine1.doc. 7-16. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM WORKSHEET: LET THE SUN SHINE IN. BACKGROUND. One political pundit accurately noted that sunshine is the best disinfectant. Many government subdivisions need a strong dose of disinfectant. They make it very difficult, either purposely or unintentionally, for the taxpaying public to make itself heard in the quest to reform government taxing, spending, and regulation. Now, all Read more »

AGENDA 21 HEARTLAND 2050 VISION SPEECH

NTF worksheet: ccwatch58.doc. 3-15. NTF SPEECH TO MOPOA ON AGENDA 21 HEARTLAND 2050 VISION: March 9, 2015. Agenda 21 seeks to impose unelected regional government on local government subdivisions. Doing it here via MAPA: define. Heartland 2050 vision. Office of Sustainability. Micromanages a community like Omaha. Coerces human behavior, government knows best. Groups supporting it are ideological, like Omaha By Design, or who Read more »

OMAHA LAND BANK A POOR ALTERNATIVE

NTF Issue Paper: ccwatch128.doc. 7-14. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: OMAHA LAND BANK A POOR ALTERNATIVE. BACKGROUND. The 2014 Legislature passed a bill to allow the City of Omaha to establish a municipal land bank with a board of directors. Liberals sought this legislation as a solution to disintegrating housing in the city. A City Council majority vote must amend an ordinance to create this new body. Although land banks might Read more »

URBAN HOMESTEADING IN NEBRASKA

NTF Issue paper: ccwatch25.doc. 6-14. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: URBAN HOMESTEADING IN NEBRASKA. THE PROBLEM. Vacant and blighted houses negatively impact their neighborhoods in many ways. The property tax base erodes from lower values of deteriorated buildings or vacant lots where demolished homes once stood. Slums depress surrounding property values. Slumlords ignore back taxes, leaving additional abandoned properties Read more »

This Could Happen to Us...

Omaha suffers from constantly rising labor costs.  We take on more than we ever should.  These things have consequences.  Take it from Bob Deis, City Manager, Stockton, California, as he writes "A Message From the City That Went Bankrupt" for the Wall Street Journal. If we do not contain costs and battle union demands for ever increasing benefits, eventually citizens will refuse to pay more and more taxes.  If sales taxes, thinly disguised Read more »