Will continue to bring his common-sense approach to governing to serve residents of Northeast Lincoln and Lancaster County
Lincoln, Neb. – Todd Wiltgen announced he is running for re-election for the Lancaster County Board, District 5. Todd is finishing his first term on the board having been elected in November 2014.
In addition to chairing the board this year, Todd’s responsibilities include representing Lancaster County on several boards and committees. They include:
- Lancaster County Correctional Facility Joint Public Agency (chair);
- Region V Services Governing Board (secretary);
- Region V Systems Governing Board (secretary);
- Lincoln-Lancaster County Railroad Transportation Safety District;
- Lancaster Event Center Joint Public Agency (chair);
- Lancaster General Assistance Budget Monitoring Committee; and
- Lincoln-Lancaster County Information Services Policy Committee (chair);
“For the last three years, I’ve worked to improve the quality of life for the residents of Lancaster County. My focus has been to increase transparency and accountability while identifying and implementing efficiencies in county government. This has allowed us to make meaningful investments in public safety and infrastructure,” said Wiltgen. “I have also fought to protect property taxpayers from unfunded mandates.”
“It has been an honor to serve the residents of Lancaster County. I will continue to bring my common-sense governing approach to provide the right level of services given the limited resources available,” said Wiltgen.
Attached is a list of Commissioner Wiltgen’s accomplishments.
Reformed county budget process
Instituted service-based budgeting providing more transparency and identifying true cost of county services.
Provided property tax relief
Reduced county levy to the lowest level in more than a decade; and
Advance refunding of Correction Facility JPA bonds will save property taxpayers more than $4.5 million over the next ten years.
Protecting taxpayers from tax increases
Worked with state lawmakers to protect funding for the State Disability Program – loss of program would have cost Lancaster County taxpayers more than $1 million annually; and
Reactivated Justice Council to improve public safety, explore alternatives to incarceration including problem solving courts, and save taxpayer money.
Investments in public safety and infrastructure
Increased County Engineer’s budget for roads and bridges $4 million over last 3 years; and
Supported the hiring additional Sheriff patrol and correctional officers.
Economic development in Lancaster County
Supported innovative use of lodging tax dollars promoting tourism across Lancaster County attracting the NORCECA Women’s Olympic Qualification Tournament and National High School Rodeo Finals and expanding Lawson Park ballfields in Waverly, improvements to Pinewood Bowl, Lincoln Children’s Zoo, Lied Center, and Lancaster Event Center;
Supported zoning changes to allow for rural event spaces; and
Supported reasonable wind energy development.