city budget

Thanks, city staff; I appreciate your efforts

Wow! A $1.27 million thank-you is in order to city of Lincoln staff. Employees usually don’t voluntarily reduce their income. And yet the city’s 175 city workers in six labor g ...

Marathon meeting nets 100-plus ideas

It took a total of 17 hours last Thursday and Friday for the fiscal sustainability committee to approve more than 100 recommendations. The committee’s recommendations are sched ...

Compensation concessions draw public concern

Two city of Lincoln employees took a stand for concessions they and others have already taken. That happened during the compensation portion of Friday’s fiscal sustainability c ...

What does the city think?

Although the fiscal sustainability committee report was to be released today, some city employees are saying many of the committee’s recommendations have already been implemented ...

City taking steps to reduce negative cash flow

Heeding a warning given by an auditor last April, the city has taken steps to reduce its negative cash flow, according to Lincoln Assistant City Manager Anna Jatczak. Ingrid Shei ...

City needs to improve how it tracks expenses

Asking city staff how much the current employee strike cost the city, I thought, was easy to answer. Apparently, Lincoln’s Assistant City Manager/Chief Financial Officer Anna Jat ...

City salary report should have been ready

The “City salary report cost $1,500” article in the Lincoln News Messenger paper of July 28 (page A3) is a good example of misrepresentation on the citizens of Lincoln. This re ...

Feed Building almost full; benefit barbecue will fill you up

Feeding frenzy ... What most Lincolnites refer to as the “Feed Building” is almost full. The Feed Building is located at the southwest corner of Fifth and G Streets in downtown ...

The time is now

Last week’s News-Messenger political cartoon (page A4, June 9) was about how, in any calamitous situation, there is always the potential for more bad news. For the past several y ...

Together, let's figure how to keep Lincoln alive

The city of Lincoln must drastically change the way finances are handled. That message at the April 5th special City Council budget meeting, though, was missed by many audience me ...

City needs to be able to explain its accounting

I thank you for your coverage of the financial hardship and the explanation by the city for this shortfall. The primary issue seems to be the Mark to Market accounting of the i ...

Councilman doesn’t understand the data

A letter written by City Councilman Spencer Short to the Fair Political Practices Commission was online Friday at The News Messenger. I found that it succeeds in demonstrating why ...

Time to get Lincoln’s financial house in order

When I campaigned for a seat on the Lincoln City Council, I refused to unconditionally support Measure K because I believed the city had not done all that it could to cut costs bef ...

Community encouraged to become involved with budget

At the upcoming Lincoln City Council meeting to be held Tuesday, staff will begin presentations regarding the 2011/2012 budget. Following the council meeting, and based on the feed ...

City staff to give ways to make Lincoln live within its means

I can’t think of a better time than now to find new ways to fund our city budget. Even if Measure K, or the proposed utility users’ tax passes in 13 days, that’s just a Band ...