Lincoln, NE-- City council provided the public with an opportunity to take charge of Lincoln's future.
"Taking charge is a public engagement effort to try to get the public in as early as possible to get input for budget and planning for the upcoming budget cycle," said Rick Hoppe, Mayor's Chief of Staff.
Topics of safety, efficient transportation, and economic opportunities were discussed in small groups to decide what needs to be prioritized. Especially with a budget in mind.
"Our general fund budget is a 159-million dollars and other programs for transportation gets tens of millions of dollars," said Hoppe.
Over a dozen groups prepared their view points on what should be done.
"Our group came up with different options,a mix of tax increase and different funding sources to bridge that gap," said Doug Holle, a Lincoln resident.
Among others, the public suggested an increase of wheel tax to help allocate funds. City council members can contribute these ideas into next years budget.
"The coming months the city staff will debate the elements, that they will look at," said Hoppe.
The council will begin discussing the budget in Dec. 2013 to August 2014.
Residents were glad they had the opportunity to voice their opinions.
"Like everyone, I have my likes and dislikes, but if I don't take the opportunity... to try to make a difference, I don't think I'm doing my duty as a citizen," said Jeff Bliemeister, a Lincoln Resident.