The City of Omaha could pump additional money into police salaries, spend money on software for a new city hotline and revive a city a sustainability effort.
Those are among the amendments proposed by Omaha City Council members to Mayor Jean Stothert's 2014 budget. Each proposed amendment will be discussed Tuesday, before the council issues a final vote on the mayor's budget.
One proposal, by council President Pete Festersen, would add $150,000 for Police Department salaries. Festersen said a slight increase in property valuations would pay for the increase, which he said was meant to help fund efforts to add more recruits to the department's ranks.
Councilman Garry Gernandt wants to spend $250,000 from the contingency reserve account for “311” phone system software. The 311 hotline would connect people to a variety of city services.
Councilman Chris Jerram wants to shift money from a special revenue fund for the Durham Museum to increase the city's contribution to the museum from $34,600 to $100,000 in the coming year.
Councilman Ben Gray is asking to transfer $300,000 from truancy prevention programs. He would shift $250,000 to the Building Healthy Futures program and $25,000 to both the Heartland Workforce Solutions program and a reserve account.
Gray and Jerram also want to cut $75,000 from an account for general expenses and a reserve account to fund a “sustainability consulting contract.” With grant funding expiring, Stothert wants to stop funding for the city's sustainability office.
The council will also consider a resolution from Festersen to support his counterproposal to Stothert's plans for police recruit training.