utility users' tax

Will businesses be affected if Measure K passes?

City Council and city staff are talking a lot these days about Measure K’s financial impact on the General Fund. Also known as the utility users’ tax, Measure K was placed on ...

Asking the tough questions comes with the territory

I’m the first to admit that The News Messenger is a different paper these past several months. The reason is because we’re looking harder at issues that affect residents. As ...

Readers should be told about public meetings in a timely fashion

I haven’t seen residents so fired up as they’ve been these past few months. Which is good timing because city services are being cut in almost all, if not all, departments and ...

We don't need to be educated to the tune of $54,000

I wouldn’t want to be a city employee these days. Thirty-one out of 230 workers lost their jobs last year because of the city’s then $1 million budget deficit. And up to 23.5 ...

Utility tax necessary

My compliments to Mr. (Dan) Karleskint on a well researched, well written and balanced letter in the April 15 Lincoln News Messenger on page A4, “Creating revenue in the city i ...

Government, residents need to work together on budget problems

I can't imagine an All-America city like Lincoln without library, police and fire services! Some in our city say, “Forget libraries. With all our digital capabilities and Inter ...

Explore all options before adding utility users’ tax

In the early 1990s, Lincoln faced a budget crisis so bad, there was a coffee can in police headquarters, where the seven remaining police officers on the force – The Magnificent ...

Out of options: the case for a sustainable revenue source

I was pleased to see Stan Nader say in last week’s guest column (April 1, News Messenger, page A5) that he would support a utility users’ tax if it came down to the tax or layi ...