Mayor Jean Stothert will veto an Omaha City Council resolution to push for voting rights for people living outside the city limits.
The Mayor's Office said Thursday evening that Stothert planned to send a letter indicating her veto to the council on Friday.
Earlier this week, the council voted 4-3 to approve the idea proposed by Councilman Franklin Thompson. He argued that residents in a three-mile area outside the city are frequently affected by decisions of city government without the ability to vote for mayor or council.
The resolution, which was also supported by council members Garry Gernandt, Aimee Melton and Rich Pahls, directed the city's lobbyist to support the issue in the next session of the Nebraska Legislature.
Council members who voted against Thompson's proposal said they were concerned about diluting minority votes in the city. Councilman Chris Jerram also noted that residents of sanitary and improvement districts have frequently worked to ensure they wouldn't have to pay city taxes, including the wheel tax.
City legal officials warned in a memo that extending voting rights to non-residents could prompt legal challenges.