Michele Hutchinson

Lincoln Hills ranked highly among active-adult communities

The sad picture painted in last week’s guest column by Pat Miller, “Beware of homeowners’ associations,” could not be further from the truth.  The Sun ...

Council selects new members of Planning Commission

Three new appointees to the Lincoln Planning Commission, as well as one returning commissioner, were approved Tuesday night by the Lincoln City Council. The new commissioners are ...

Chairwoman says city of Lincoln Growth Report was not politically-based

Reference:  Aug. 18 front-page story, “Campaign stop or community outreach? City Council candidates recuse themselves from forum. As chair of the Communications and Com ...

Facts are facts

The study and analytical portion of the fiscal sustainability committee project is winding down and the reporting of facts, conclusions and recommendations are now in full swing. I ...

The resilience and realities of our community

Saturday night, I was struck by what a beautiful picture of “small town Americana” Lincoln made during the Miracle on 5th Street parade and tree lighting ceremony. The stores w ...

The Cal-PERS challenge

Our city is facing a financial dilemma! There are many ingredients required to create a fiscally sustainable plan for our city, one of which is unquestionably the issue of employee ...

Give some thanks for what's right about Lincoln

The fiscal sustainability committee will address what is right about Lincoln this week. There are many assets and contributions that add to a community’s sustainability. It is T ...

Are we alone out there within a financial quagmire?

The fiscal sustainability committee made a commitment to inform our community of our progress toward establishing a plan leading to financial viability. Articles are written ever ...

What questions are we asking?

Last week, we began to expand upon some answers to questions we have received from our community regarding the fiscal sustainabiilty committee, its process, project, progress and r ...

Questions and answers abound

City government and fund accounting are topics discussed the last few weeks. Over the next several weeks, we will address issues such as: Are we the only city facing significant c ...

Enterprise funds cover services we rely on

Enterprise funds cover key services all residents rely on This week, I want to provide a brief overview of enterprise funds, which include water, waste water, solid waste and ai ...

Why are special funds so complicated?

Special funds are defined by the Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) as a fund or “account for the proceeds of specific revenue sources that are legally restricted to e ...

Funds in general: Exactly where does all that money go?

Fund accounting is used in government operations. Funds are usually broken into general, development, enterprise and special categories. Within these categories, our city may hav ...

It has to be said and the time is now

There are no plans, recommendations or solutions currently under consideration by the fiscal sustainability committee that will lead our community to potential tax increases as a w ...

A fiscally sustainable progress report to our community

What a great community of interested residents we have in Lincoln! We know what a full-service city is, (see Sept. 8 column on lincolnnewsmessenger.com or our website at lincolnfs ...