|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|
|Population in 2013:||434,353|
African American 13.7%
Hispanic or Latino 13.1%
Two or More Races 3.0%
|Median household income:||$46,978|
|High school graduation rate:||88.1%|
|College graduation rate:||32.5%|
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|Nebraska Congressional Delegation|
Nebraska State Legislature
Nebraska state executive offices
- See also: Mayor-council 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.
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.
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.
The Omaha City Council is made up of seven members. Each member is elected by one of the city's seven districts.
A current list of council members can be found here.
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.
A current list of Omaha City Council committees can be found here.
Omaha's adopted operating budget for fiscal year 2014 was $800 million.
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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.
- See also: Douglas County, Nebraska ballot measures
Population as of the July, 2011 census update: 415,068.
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.
As of October 2014, information on Omaha's federal lobbying related expenses past 2012 is available.
City website evaluation
|Transparency grading process|
- Main article: Evaluation of Nebraska city websites
Last rated on July 23, 2012.
- Budgets are posted.
- Elected Officials
- Council members and their phone numbers are listed. You can e-mail them through a form on the website.
- Administrative Officials
- Department staff is listed with contact info.
- Building Permits and Zoning
- Planning and zoning information is online.
- Audits are posted online.
- Bids are posted online.
- Information on how to register as a lobbyist is available.
- Local Taxes
- Information provided on taxes other than property taxes.
- Elected Officials
- Email addresses are not provided.
- Current contracts not posted.
- Membership to government sector lobbying associations is not disclosed, nor is lobbying expenditures.
- Public Records
- No information regarding public records requests.
- Local Taxes
- Property tax information is not posted.
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- City of Omaha, "Meeting journals and videos," accessed on October 22, 2014
- City of Omaha, "Council Members," accessed on October 22, 2014
- City of Omaha, "Planning and zoning," accessed on October 22, 2014
- City of Omaha, "Audits," accessed on October 22, 2014
- City of Omaha, "Purchasing," accessed on October 22, 2014
- City of Omaha, "Lobbyist Registration," accessed on October 22, 2014
- City of Omaha, "Revenue," accessed on October 22, 2014