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UPDATED: Safety bond issue fails 3-3

UPDATED: Safety bond issue fails 3-3

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By: Jenn Schanz
jschanz@klkntv.com 

The $34.5 million bond issue discussed at Monday's City Council meeting failed to get the 4 votes needed to move onto the general election ballot in November.

The bond issue called for a new emergency radio system; the city hasn't had a new one since 1987. The Lincoln Police Department, Lincoln Fire and Rescue, Lancaster County Sheriff's Office, City Public Works and Utilities Department, UNL Police Department, and Lincoln Public Schools are served by the current radio system. 

It also called for four new fire stations. According to Lincoln Fire and Rescue officials, Lincoln's growth demands new stations in order to cut down on response time. 

If approved by the City Council, the bond issue would have increased the average homeowner's property tax bill by around $21 for the 2015-2016 fiscal year.

City Councilman Jon Camp suggested the issue be discussed in detail this fall, and then revisited in spring. 

Democrat City Councilman Doug Emery was out of the country, and not present at Monday's meeting. 

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