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Video Special: Nabity ‘confident’ he can work with fire union

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Joe Jordan | Nebraska Watchdog

OMAHA—With the city council just hours away from its up or down vote on a contract with the fire union, two candidates for mayor are stepping up their criticism of the deal.

Although the council is expected to OK the contract Republicans Dave Nabity and Dan Welch insist taxpayers are being taken for a ride.

Nabity is calling on the council to delay its vote, telling Nebraska Watchdog (see video below) that despite his long running feud with the union if elected he’ll be able to sit down and hammer out a fair deal.

Welch says the contract “violates the city charter” by forcing taxpayers to contribute nearly twice as much to the pension fund as firefighters.

Nabity’s latest complaint finds him piggy-backing on city council candidate Ed Truemper’s recent attack.

As Nebraska Watchdog first reported Truemper claims the contract’s pension provisions, which are based on an annual rate of return on investments of 8 percent, “is unrealistic.”

Nabity says 5 percent is more likely and says without adjusting the contract the city is “headed for the cliff.”

Council member Jean Stothert, who is also running for mayor and supports the contract, tells Nebraska Watchdog the 8 percent figure was set by the pension board and was not “a term of collective bargaining.” She also says that over the past 32 years the fund has grown an average of 9.4 percent a year.

Nabity says during the last five years the fund has grown only 1 percent a year making an 8 percent forecast “illogical and terribly misleading.”

According to Stothert there are parts of the contract she will push to change in the future but for now health care and pension reforms save taxpayers millions from day one.

“Responsible leaders should put the taxpayers first—ahead of their poltitical careers,” Stothert said.







Joe formerly served as staff reporter for Watchdog.org.

  • Concerned Taxpayer

    Dave Nabity will need to fire all of the fire department to pay for his new outdoor Olympic swimming facility on the current Civic grounds. Not bad enough we had to build the shrine to Fahey ballpark, now Nabity has a crazy idea about a swim facility we will only really use once every four years, Clearly not mayor material.

  • Watching_From_Lincoln

    Nabity, what a yutz!