City Council Amends Proposed Lincoln Budget | local government

Lincoln City Council members on Wednesday approved two proposals that could add $1.1 million to the city’s proposed two-year budget.

The two proposals — adding $1 million to the Fast Forward Fund and $100,000 to fund a study of the upper Salt Creek watershed — were among six budget changes proposed by various council members.

Councilman Richard Meginnis proposed the one-time injection of $1 million into the Fast Forward Fund, which until this year was a little-used business incentive fund that was created in 2009 using $6 million in excess special contributions.

But the fund distributed $3.35 million this spring to Duncan Aviation to help pay for a $36.6 million project to build a hangar and maintenance building.

Meginnis said the $1 million, which would come from general fund reserves, “would start to replace some of the funds that we withdrew earlier.”

The $100,000, which was requested by Councilman Sändra Washington, would go to Lincoln Transportation and Utilities to pay for an environmental impact study to examine the effects that the development envisioned by the city’s comprehensive plan- county 2050 will have on the Salt Creek watershed.

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The upper watershed covers the portion of the creek that runs through southwest Lincoln.

Of the four proposals that were not approved, three were submitted by Meginnis and sought to have funding for certain environmental health nurses and educators removed from the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department budget.

The other was a proposal by Councilman Bennie Shobe to transfer $600,000 – $300,000 in each fiscal year of the two-year budget – from general fund reserves to the Department of Urban Development to help educate and inspire residents to replace heating and cooling units with more power. -effective options.

The two items approved on Wednesday will be added to the budget which will be considered in a public hearing on August 1, and council members will have another chance to add items by August 5.

The final adoption of the budget is scheduled for August 22.

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