Omaha, Nebraska

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Omaha, Nebraska
City of Omaha NE Seal.jpg
General information
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Mayor:Jean Stothert
Mayor party:Nonpartisan
Last mayoral election:2013
Next mayoral election:2017
Last city council election:2013
Next city council election:2017
City council seats:7
2014 FY Budget:$800 million
City website
Composition data
Population in 2013:434,353
Gender:50.8% Female
Race:White 68.0%
African American 13.7%
Hispanic or Latino 13.1%
Asian 2.4%
Two or More Races 3.0%
Unemployment:4.4%
Median household income:$46,978
High school graduation rate:88.1%
College graduation rate:32.5%
Related Omaha offices
Nebraska Congressional Delegation
Nebraska State Legislature
Nebraska state executive offices
Omaha is a city in Douglas County, Nebraska. As of 2013, its population was 434,353.[1]

City government

The city of Omaha 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 while the mayor serves as the city's chief executive.[2]

Mayor

The mayor serves as the city's chief executive and is responsible for proposing a budget, signing legislation into law, appointing departmental directors and overseeing the city's day-to-day operations. The mayor also represents the city on the state, national and international levels. Jean Stothert is the current Mayor of Omaha.[2][3]

City council

The Omaha 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]

Membership

The Omaha City Council is made up of seven members. Each member is elected by one of the city's seven districts.[4]

A current list of council members can be found here.

Council Committees

The Omaha City Council features five standing committees, which focus on individual policy and legislative issues. Generally, the drafting of city legislation begins with the committees.[5]

A current list of Omaha City Council committees can be found here.

Budget

Omaha's adopted operating budget for fiscal year 2014 was $800 million.[6]

Contact information

City Council
1819 Farnam St.
Ste LC-1
Omaha, NE 68183

To contact individual council members, see here.

The mayor's office provides a telephone hotline that is available M-F 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The number is (402) 444-5555.

Ballot measures

See also: Douglas County, Nebraska ballot measures

The city of Omaha is in Douglas County. A list of ballot measures in Douglas County is available here.

Initiative process

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Nebraska

Population as of the July, 2011 census update: 415,068.[7]

Home rule charter city.

The signature requirement is 15% of the vote for the office of Mayor cast at the last preceding general city election. Petitions must be in the form prescribed by the clerk, with the required content provided in the Omaha Charter, Section 2.18. Proposed measures must address only a single subject. After certification, the council has 30 days to pass the measure or they shall submit it at the next regular election held within the city.

DocumentIcon.jpg Omaha Charter, Sec. 2.18

Lobbying

As of October 2014, information on Omaha's federal lobbying related expenses past 2012 is available.[8]

City website evaluation

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Transparency grading process
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Last rated on July 23, 2012.

The good

  • Budget
    • Budgets are posted.[9]
  • Meetings
    • Council meeting times and agendas are published online.[10] Videos and minutes are also archived.[11]
  • Elected Officials
    • Council members and their phone numbers are listed. You can e-mail them through a form on the website.[12]
  • Administrative Officials
    • Department staff is listed with contact info.
  • Building Permits and Zoning
    • Planning and zoning information is online.[13]
  • Audits
    • Audits are posted online.[14]
  • Contracts
    • Bids are posted online.[15]
  • Lobbying
    • Information on how to register as a lobbyist is available.[16]
  • Local Taxes
    • Information provided on taxes other than property taxes.[17]

The bad

  • Elected Officials
    • Email addresses are not provided.
  • Contracts
    • Current contracts not posted.
  • Lobbying
  • Public Records
    • No information regarding public records requests.
  • Local Taxes
    • Property tax information is not posted.

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