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On Tuesday, May 5th, the citizens of Lincoln will have the opportunity to make their voices heard in the city general elections.  The Lincoln Independent Business Association Political Action Committee (LIBA PAC) is pleased to endorse the following Candidates: Mayor of the City of Lincoln – Andy Stebbing Lincoln City Council SE District 2 – Jon Camp Lincoln City Council NE District 1- Cyndi Lamm Lincoln Board of Education District 6 – Matt Schulte The LIBA PAC chose …

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The Lincoln Independent Business Association (LIBA) would like to express its support for the 2015 Lincoln Electric Systems (LES) budget which does not increase electric rates. In seven of the past ten years LIBA has testified before the LES Board and the City Council asking that rate increases be reduced or eliminated. Electric rates affect every aspect of life in Lincoln, from household budgets to businesses’ bottom line. Large employers are especially price sensitive. For …

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The Lincoln Independent Business Association (LIBA) supports upgrading the 911 radio system and relocation of fire stations, however, LIBA is concerned that the process is moving too quickly leaving communication issues and funding options unaddressed. This bond issue is moving at an unprecedented rate.  It was announced on August 14th and the Council is being asked to vote on it just 11 days later.  This short time leaves several communications and funding issues unresolved which …

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City Budget Statement from LIBA                                                         August 11, 2014 The Lincoln Independent Business Association (LIBA) applauds the Mayor’s office and City Council for not raising the property tax levy or wheel taxes in the new budget. While holding the line on the levy, the city will still receive …

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The Lincoln Independent Business Association is calling on Mayor Chris Beutler and the City Council to sell Pershing Center and return the property to the tax rolls in an expedient manner. In September of 2011, LIBA sent Mayor Beutler a letter suggesting that the City of Lincoln’s request for proposals to redevelop the site “contains too many rules and regulations to expedite the sale or redevelopment of Pershing Center.” We believe these extensive rules may …

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The Lincoln Independent Business Association (LIBA) asks that the Lincoln City Council adjust the LES budget to avoid almost $3 million dollars in expenditures and thus reduce the proposed rate increase by one percent. LES’ 2014 proposed budget requires a 2.9% system wide rate increase with the actual percentage rate increase varying across customer classes from 2.9% for residential customers to a 4.7% increase for large employers.  Some people may say that residential customers will …

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Prioritization of Officers and Safety Every day the local media reports another armed robbery[i], fatal beating[ii], or hit and run.[iii]  Lincoln’s citizens are assured the situation is not dire; however, Lincoln is a growing community, and crime is growing with its population.  For this reason the Lincoln Independent Business Association (LIBA) calls on city hall and the citizens of Lincoln to begin a community dialogue about the prioritization of tax dollars toward additional officers to …

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The Lincoln Independent Business Association calls on the city of Lincoln to repeal the wheel tax increase set to take effect September 1st. Wheel taxes were first implemented in Lincoln in 1958 at a rate of $1 per wheel or $4 for most vehicles.   Since then Lincoln’s wheel tax has been incrementally increased 14 times.  The most recent wheel tax increase, passed in 2009, called for three additional incremental increases.  The last of these is …

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Today, August 5, 2013, the Lincoln City Council is holding a public hearing on the One and Six year street and highway program.  The Lincoln Independent Business Association (LIBA) would like to offer a few observations. The Capital Improvement Program for fiscal years 2014 through 2019 reflects an average annual expenditure of nearly $27.76 million dollars.[i]  This average annual expenditure is comprised of $21.66 million dollars of city revenues.  However, after talking with city staff …

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