By Deena Winter | Nebraska Watchdog
LINCOLN – Lincoln voters likely will be asked in November to increase their property taxes to pay off a municipal bond for stormwater and flood control projects around the city.
The Lincoln City Council is expected to consider a resolution next week to ask voters to approve $7.9 million in general obligation bonds for engineering and construction of improvements to the city’s stormwater drainage and flood management system. The resolution would have Lincolnites vote on the issue during the state’s general election on Nov. 6.
Since the city of Lincoln doesn’t have a tax devoted to stormwater projects, the city generally asks voters to approve such municipal bonds for stormwater projects every other year, and voters usually agree.
If voters approve, stormwater and flood control projects would be done in the following areas:
- • 11th and Harrison streets
- • 8th and Park streets
- • J and L street, 53rd to 55th
- • 56th and Colfax
- • 58th and Wilshire
- • 49th and Rentworth
- • Seventh and Old Cheney
- • 56th and Morton channel
- • Stream rehabilitation projects in Roper Park
In addition, the money would fund “best management practice projects,” floodplain and floodprone engineering and projects, and preliminary engineering and projects for watershed and basin management plans.