Lincoln Faces Infrastructure Shortfall

By: Kyle Fischer
By: Kyle Fischer

The city of Lincoln faces a $135 million shortfall in infrastructure financing. Thursday's town hall meeting at Gere branch library is the first of five such meetings asking for public input on how to solve the shortfall.

Mayor Coleen Seng tried to address the issue last year with a proposed gasoline tax, a wheel tax, water and sewage rate increases and millions of dollars in bond.
The gas tax and bond issue were ultimately removed from the city's final budget largely due to negative public feelings.

The city has come up with six options to fill the remaining gap, including another go-round for the gas tax and bonds. Other options include an inter-local agreement with the county to save transportation money, and an option to ask the state to pay for half of the south by-pass.

Check out the city's Web site at www.lincoln.ne.gov for more information on the next public meeting.


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