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Administration Files Lawsuit on Property Tax Levy

The Administration of Mayor Chris Beutler today asked the District Court to issue a writ of mandamus to require the City Council to set the property tax rate necessary to balance the lawfully adopted City budget. In August, Mayor Beutler vetoed a 2016-2018 budget passed by the City Council on a four-to-three vote. The City Council did not have five votes to override the Mayor's veto. The City Charter states that because the Council did not pass another budget in the time required by the Charter and City ordinance

Nebraska Affordable Housing Tax Credit – Program Update

LB 884 (the “Affordable Housing Tax Credit Act” or the “Act”), passed during the 2016 Nebraska Legislative Session, created the Nebraska Affordable Housing Tax Credit (“AHTC”). The Act directs that the AHTC be allocated and administered in a process essentially parallel to that applicable to the Federal Section 42 Low Income Housing Tax Credit (“LIHTC”). Pursuant to the Act, the Nebraska Investment Finance Authority (“NIFA”) is charged with the allocation of the AHTC. NIFA, by law, is directed to deploy the AHTC resource in coordination with the Nebraska Department of Revenue (the “Department of Revenue”) and the Governor’s Policy Research Office (the “Policy Research Office”).

Household Hazardous Waste Collections Scheduled for Friday August 26th & Saturday August 27th

Lincoln and Lancaster County residents are encouraged to clean out unwanted by bringing their household hazardous waste to one of two collection events scheduled for the month of August. The first event is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, August 26th at Shepherd of the Hills Church just south of Hickman, 6901 Panama Rd. The second event is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, August 27th at Lincoln Industries, 600 West E St. Both events are sponsored by the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department with site-support provided by Shepherd of the Hills and Lincoln Industries.

REP. ASHFORD SECURES ADDITIONAL ASSISTANCE FOR HOMELESS VETERANS

This week, the House Appropriations Committee approved an increase in funding aimed at helping homeless veterans get back on their feet at the urging of Congressman Ashford and a bipartisan group of legislators.

EPA Reaches Settlement of Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule Violations with Housing Company...

EPA Region 7 has reached a settlement in a civil enforcement action against LHP, LLC, for alleged violations of the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule in connection with renovation work done at one of its rental houses in Lincoln, Neb. As part of the settlement, the company will pay an $8,840 civil penalty to the United States.

Stormwater Bond Meetings Begin Monday

The public is encouraged to attend one of the four town hall meetings to learn more about the stormwater bond issue on the May 10 ballot. The meetings will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on these dates

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Scheduled for Saturday April 2

Lincoln and Lancaster County residents are encouraged to clean out unwanted chemicals by bringing their household hazardous waste to a collection event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 2 at WalMart, 87th & Hwy 2. This event is sponsored by the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department

Mayor Announces Stormwater Meetings and Plan to Assure Matching Funds

Mayor Chris Beutler today announced several new developments on the stormwater bond issue, which is set for public vote on May 10. At the request of City Council member Jane Raybould, the City will host four town hall meetings to help citizens better understand the projects to be funded

No-Interest Loan Program Improves Homes and Neighborhoods

Zero-interest loans are available to qualified low- to moderate-income homeowners through the City's Home Improvement Loan Program (HILP). The program provides loans of up to $15,000, and the monthly loan payments can be extended for as long as ten years. The loans can be used for repairs to prevent costly damage and for improvements to increase energy efficiency and to make homes more livable and attractive

Mayor Says Citizen Vote on Stormwater Bond Fulfills Duty to Protect Residents

Mayor Chris Beutler today said passage of a proposed stormwater bond issue would fulfill the City's duty to protect the health, welfare and safety of citizens. The City Council will hold a public hearing and take a vote Monday on the proposal to place the stormwater bond issue on the May 10 ballot. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 555 S. 10th St.

Mayor Proposes Vote to Fund Flood Reduction and Water Quality Projects

Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that he will propose placing a stormwater bond issue on the May 10 ballot to fund projects to decrease flooding and improve water quality. The City Council will consider the proposal on first reading Monday, February 22, with a public hearing and vote scheduled for Monday, February 29.

$500,000 CDBG funds awarded for water/wastewater projects

The Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) today awarded $500,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding to the Village of Clearwater and City of Edgar to pursue projects in the Water/Wastewater category

Fischer Statement on Supreme Court Decision to Halt Implementation of Obama’s Clean Power Plan

U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, released the following statement this evening regarding the Supreme Court’s decision to temporarily block the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan

2016 NAHTF QAP Public Comment Period and Public Hearing

The Nebraska Department of Economic Development will conduct a public comment period, December 17-January 15, 2016, for the Proposed 2016 Nebraska Affordable Housing Act Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP) that involves the distribution of approximately $10 million in Nebraska Affordable Housing Trust Fund (NAHTF) resources.

ASHFORD SUPPORTS EXPANSIVE BIPARTISAN ENERGY BILL

Ashford voted in support of H.R. 8, the North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act of 2015. The bill streamlines the federal approval process for hydroelectric generation facilities and natural gas transmission lines. The legislation also improves the Department of Energy’s ability to coordinate with other agencies to strengthen our electrical power grid system and requires the Energy Department to expedite decisions on pending applications to export Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)

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Mayor Says User Fees Increases Help Prevent Property Tax Hike

Mayor Chris Beutler today said user fee increases helped his administration meet its main objectives for the City's first biennial budget - no property tax increase, no major program cuts and no use of one-time money for ongoing programs.

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Administration Files Lawsuit on Property Tax Levy

The Administration of Mayor Chris Beutler today asked the District Court to issue a writ of mandamus to require the City Council to set the property tax rate necessary to balance the lawfully adopted City budget. In August, Mayor Beutler vetoed a 2016-2018 budget passed by the City Council on a four-to-three vote. The City Council did not have five votes to override the Mayor's veto. The City Charter states that because the Council did not pass another budget in the time required by the Charter and City ordinance