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2020 Media Releases

April 15, 2020
Media Contact:
Jeff Kirkpatrick, City Attorney, 402-441-6875

Voters to Decide City Charter Changes

Lincoln voters have two proposed City Charter changes to consider on the May 12 City general election ballot. City Attorney Jeff Kirkpatrick said the changes are proposed to revise dated purchasing authority thresholds, eliminate archaic language and fix typographical errors. None would result in significant changes to City operations. The City Charter Revision Commission recommended the changes, and the City Council voted in March to put the changes on the ballot.

Kirkpatrick said the proposed changes would bring Lincoln's financial limits into agreement with those used by the State of Nebraska, the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, and Lancaster County. The proposed changes include the following:

If approved, the Charter would also be amended to correct an inaccurate Article reference, to eliminate some masculine references to the mayor, and to correct typographical errors.

The City Charter is available at (keyword: city attorney). A sample ballot is available from the Lancaster County Election Commission website at

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