LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — An accounting error that mistakenly sent nearly $300,000 to the city’s bus system budget could now benefit burgeoning southeast Lincoln.
Mayor Chris Beutler (BITE-ler) wants the extra $275,000 in general fund money used to help build a new combined fire and police station for southeast Lincoln. Beutler says that would provide better fire and ambulance service and help reduce driving time for police officers.
Currently, police officers who cover southeast Lincoln begin their shift downtown, then drive up to 25 minutes to their beat. Officials say having a station in southeast Lincoln would save the city in fuel costs and increase productivity.