Congratulations to the newly elected mayor and newly elected members and re-elected member of the Lincoln City Council. I would ask if the following items might be considered as you begin to serve the citizens of Lincoln:

* Consider the possibility of fulfilling Mayor Chris Beutler's pledge to make temporary the highest wheel tax in the state of Nebraska. Reducing the current $74 for passenger vehicles, down to a possible $54, since the city sales tax will be bringing in $13 million per year for six years.

* Consider not using the property tax windfall from the coming new property valuations as part of the next budget.

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* Make it a top priority to spend hard-earned Lincoln taxpayers' dollars on needs verses wants and to make these decisions in a transparent manner so that all citizens can actually know how their tax dollars are being spent and for what.

There is a large portion of citizens in this city whose candidates were not successful in the recent election. It would go a long way with these citizens if these items could be considered by our newly elected city government officials and, by doing so, hopefully restoring some faith in this city's government.

Jeffrey E. Payne, Lincoln

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