As one taxpayer shouted out in the council chambers after the vote, “It’s a sad day in Omaha”. On a 4-3 vote the City Council approved the new police contract and with that an increase in taxes. The Police Union must approve the contract with a vote of it’s membership and results should be in by Wednesday.
Ben Gray responded to one taxpayer by saying “Do you think we get up in the morning wanting to raise taxes?” In your case Ben, Yes, Yes we do. That seems to be your answer to everything.
Following the vote the public got to speak out on a couple of proposals to help pay for this contract. The entertainment extortion tax that would add 4% to meal at a restaurant inside the city limits was greeted with opposition. Many worry about a drop off in business and a cut in pay for servers as people reduce their tip to help cover the pickpocketing from fab four fleecers.
Also on the agenda is an increase in the wheel tax that is proposed to be higher than some neighboring states charge to license a car.
Anyone notice how you never see Muppet Mike around town anymore? Not even on the street these Bozo’s named after him. I have a proposal to change Bob Boozer Drive to Jim Suttle Ave. It’s only natural. It cost a fortune and really doesn’t go anywhere.
That’s it. There is nothing else going on in town. Money is getting so tight that it seems nobody can afford to do anything really stupid right now.