OMAHA LAND BANK A POOR ALTERNATIVE
NTF Issue Paper: ccwatch128.doc. 7-14. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: OMAHA LAND BANK A POOR ALTERNATIVE. BACKGROUND. The 2014 Legislature passed a bill to allow the City of Omaha to establish a municipal land bank with a board of directors. Liberals sought this legislation as a solution to disintegrating housing in the city. A […] Read more »
LAND BANKS WRONG SOLUTION FOR URBAN BLIGHT
NTF Issue Paper: ccwatch127.doc. 6-14. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: LAND BANKS WRONG SOLUTION FOR URBAN BLIGHT. BACKGROUND. Over 770 houses remain on the City of Omaha demolition list, a mere fraction of over 3,600 sites labeled unfit or unsafe. Our NTF issue paper on Urban Homesteading explains why urban homesteading is the best […] Read more »
URBAN HOMESTEADING IN NEBRASKA
NTF Issue paper: ccwatch25.doc. 6-14. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: URBAN HOMESTEADING IN NEBRASKA. THE PROBLEM. Vacant and blighted houses negatively impact their neighborhoods in many ways. The property tax base erodes from lower values of deteriorated buildings or vacant lots where demolished homes once stood. Slums depress surrounding property values. Slumlords ignore back […] Read more »
REFORM PUBLIC SECTOR WAGES & BENEFITS
NTF Issue Paper: ccwatch133.doc. 10-13. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: REFORM PUBLIC SECTOR UNION WAGES AND BENEFITS. BACKGROUND. The cost to taxpayers from public sector wages and benefits, which in Nebraska and other states greatly exceeds what comparable employees earn in the private sector, combined with billions in unfunded pension liabilities for retirees, threaten […] Read more »
REFORM CITY OF OMAHA PENSION SYSTEM
NTF Issue paper: ccwatch134.doc. 10-13. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: REFORM THE CITY OF OMAHA PENSION SYSTEM. BACKGROUND. Omaha like many other cities has underfunded public sector pensions. City union employees enjoy retirement benefits several times higher than those of comparable private company employees, placing great strain on our city budget. Without substantial reform, […] Read more »
NTF Analysis of City of Omaha FY 2013-14 Budget.
Ccwatch130. 8-13. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM WORKSHEET: PRESENTATION ON CITY OF OMAHA FY 2013-2014 BUDGET, AUG. 13, 2013. Good evening. My name is Doug Kagan, and I represent NE Taxpayers for Freedom. This budget restores fiscal sanity to the City of Omaha, lean but not mean. It closes a $20 million budget gap left by […] Read more »
REFORM CITY RETIREE HEALTH BENEFIT STRUCTURE.
NTF Issue Paper: ccwatch76.doc. 6-13. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: REFORM CITY RETIREE HEALTH BENEFIT STRUCTURE. BACKGROUND. The City of Omaha faced a $21 million budget deficit in 2011, so the city administration siphoned the Cash Reserve Fund to help fill the gap. The city depends on sales tax revenues for over 43% of […] Read more »
This Could Happen to Us...
Omaha suffers from constantly rising labor costs. We take on more than we ever should. These things have consequences. Take it from Bob Deis, City Manager, Stockton, California, as he writes “A Message From the City That Went Bankrupt” for the Wall Street Journal. If we do not contain costs and battle union demands for […] Read more »
OMAHA SUFFERS CREDIT DOWNGRADE
Omaha has suffered a downgrade of its bond rating due to problems with underfunded pensions for city workers. The current unfunded pension liability is $794 million, mostly from the police and fire pension systems. The downgrade could lead to higher borrowing costs for the city. How can the mayor and our city council even consider […] Read more »
Omaha Transportation Plan
NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: CITY OF OMAHA TRANSPORTATION PLAN IS BIG BROTHER GOVERNMENT. BACKGROUND. The proposed city transportation plan is a prime example of local government intrusion into private business and private property rights. It seeks to micromanage the community and coerce human behavior by advocating principles declaring that government knows what is […] Read more »
No Omaha Police Auditor
NTF Issue Paper: CCWatch16.doc 10-11. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: NO NEED FOR AN OMAHA POLICE DEPARTMENT AUDITOR. BACKGROUND. Once again, leftwing elements in the Omaha metropolitan community have called for a police department auditing system to oversee and investigate complaints of alleged police misconduct. The latest episode involves the arrest of a man […] Read more »
Opportunities for Watchdogs
NTF members made excellent presentations at the City of Omaha public budget hearing. However, we need more NTF members to volunteer to watchdog local taxing authorities at public budget hearings. Remember the saying, “A nation of sheep breeds a government of wolves?” Only 3 taxpayers attended the 8-11 Papio-Mo. River NRD board meeting to offer […] Read more »