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Lincoln, Nebraska

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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General information
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Mayor:Chris Beutler
Mayor party:Nonpartisan
Last mayoral election:2011
Next mayoral election:2015
Last city council election:2011
Next city council election:2015
City council seats:7
2013-2014 FY Budget:$159 million
City website
Composition data
Population in 2013:268,738
Gender:50.0% Female
Race:White 86.0%
African American 3.8%
Asian 3.8%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone 0.8%
Two or More 3.0%
Ethnicity:Hispanic or Latino 6.3%
Median household income:$49,504
High school graduation rate:93.3%
College graduation rate:35.9%
Related Lincoln offices
Nebraska Congressional Delegation
Nebraska State Legislature
Nebraska state executive offices
Lincoln is the capital city of Nebraska. It is located in Lancaster County, and as of 2013 its population was 268,738.[1]

City government

See also: Mayor-council government

The city of Lincoln utilizes a "strong mayor" and city council system. In this form of municipal government, the city council serves as the city's primary legislative body and the mayor serves as the city's chief executive.[2]


The mayor serves as the city's chief executive, and is responsible for proposing a budget, signing legislation into law, appointing departmental directors and committee members and overseeing the city's day-to-day operations. The mayor also possesses veto powers and represents the city on the state, national and international levels.. Chris Beutler is the current Mayor of Lincoln.[2]

City council

The Lincoln City Council is the city's primary legislative body. It is responsible for adopting the city budget, approving mayoral appointees, levying taxes and making or amending city laws, policies and ordinances.[2]


The city council consists of seven members. Four are elected by the city's four districts, and three are elected at-large.[2]

A full list of city council members can be found here.

Commissions, boards and committees

A series of advisory boards and commissions that are made up of non-elected citizens, whom city council members have appointed and approved, advises the Lincoln City Council. The roles of these boards and commissions are to review, debate and comment upon city policies and legislation and to make recommendations to the city council.[3]

For a full list of Lincoln's commissions, boards and committees, see here.



See also: Lincoln, Nebraska municipal elections, 2015

The city of Lincoln, Nebraska will hold elections for mayor and city council on May 5, 2015. A primary election will take place on April 7, 2015. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election is March 6, 2015. Four of the seven city council seats are up for election.[4]


Lincoln's adopted operating budget for fiscal year 2013-14 was $159 million.[5]

Ballot measures

See also: Lancaster County, Nebraska ballot measures

The city of Lincoln is in Lancaster County. A list of ballot measures in Lancaster County is available here.

Initiative process

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Nebraska

Population as of the July 2011 census update: 262,341.[1]

Home rule charter city.

The signature requirement is 5% of the number of registered voters of the city at the last general city election and 15% if the petitioners are seeking a special election. Prior to affixing any signature to the petition, a copy of the petition to be used shall be filed with the city clerk, together with a sworn statement containing the name or names of every person, corporation or association sponsoring the petition, or contributing or pledging contribution of money or other things of value for the purpose of defraying the cost of preparation, printing, or circulation thereof. The petition form and content requirements can be found in the Lincoln Charter, Article IV, Sections 22 and 24. After certification, the council has 30 days to pass the measure or they shall submit it at the next election held within such city, regardless of whether or not such election be a city, county, or state election. If signatures reached 15%, with a request for a special election, the measure shall be submitted at a special election not less than 50 or more than 70 days from filing.

DocumentIcon.jpg Lincoln Charter, Art. IV, Sec. 22 and 24


In 2011, Lincoln is reported to have spent $20,000 on federal lobbying. No records are available for the city's lobbying related expenses after 2011.[6]

Website evaluation

Budget Y
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Meetings Y
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Elected Officials Y
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Administrative Officials Y
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Permits, zoning Y
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Audits Y
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Lobbying N
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Public Records P
Local Taxes N
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Transparency grading process
Main article: Evaluation of Nebraska city websites

Last rated on Aug. 31, 2012.

The good

  • Budget
    • Budget report for fiscal year 2005 through 2014 available[7]
  • Meetings
    • Agendas and minutes are available for City Council Meetings.[8]
  • Elected Officials
    • The Mayor and city council officials contact information and detailed biographies are posted online.[9]
  • Administrative Officials
    • Officials are listed on department pages.
  • Building Permits and Zoning
    • Building permit forms information[10] and zoning information[11] are available on the website.
  • Audits
    • Audit reports are available.[12]
  • Contracts
    • Information on bids and proposals are available[13]
    • Approved contract statements are available in an online database.[14]
  • Public records

The bad

  • Lobbying
    • Lobbying information and ethics is not noted.
  • Public Records
    • Public records policies and information on how to request records are not available.
    • The public information office is not identified and does not provide a mailing address, phone number, or personalized email address.
  • Local Taxes
    • Does not provide information on local taxes.

See also

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