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Douglas County Board

The Douglas County board has approved spending $1.85 million in federal coronavirus relief funding to buy a mobile command center for the sheriff's office. The decision came despite objections from board members who said the money should be used for rent assistance and other human needs. The Omaha World-Herald reports that the board voted 4-2 Tuesday to approve the expenditure. Sheriff Tim Dunning and supporters said the vehicle could be used for mass vaccinations in rural areas. Coronavirus numbers continue to climb in Nebraska.

The Omaha City Council and Douglas County Board are calling for voters to decide if affirmative action should return to Nebraska.  Both the council and board approved measures yesterday asking the state legislature to have voters decide the fate of an affirmative action ban.  Nebraska voters approved a ballot measure in 2008 that prohibits practices such as affirmative action, which improves job and educational opportunities for minority groups.

Douglas County officials are providing residents with financial help.  The county board voted yesterday to set aside four-million-dollars in CARES Act money for utility assistance for residents who are behind in the bills because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The vote comes as the Omaha Public Power District plans to mail disconnect notices starting today.

Recount Confirms Boyle's Election Win

Jun 11, 2020

A recount confirms Mike Boyle is the winner of the Douglas County Board primary election. The recount happened this morning because competitors Roger Garcia and six-term incumbent Boyle were voted within one-percent of the top vote. Election Commissioner Brian Kruse told the Omaha World Herald that no votes were changed from the May 12th democratic primary.