- Associated Press - Friday, June 19, 2015

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Omaha’s mayor has proposed annexing 17 areas in Douglas County, boosting the city population by nearly 14,000 and adding millions in taxes to the city’s revenue streams.

Mayor Jean Stothert (STAH’-thurt) announced her plan on Friday. It will go the city planning board and then the City Council for approval. The final council vote could occur by the end of July or in early August.

The 17 unincorporated areas in the western part of the Douglas County include two business/commercial areas. Her proposal says tax rates for all but two of the areas would decrease, and that the annexation would provide the city with $70 million a year in property, sales and wheel tax revenue.

Property owners in the 17 areas will be mailed notices about the mayor’s proposal.

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