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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Council Roundup: Talking trash for the long haul

Also, budget 'summit' slated

The City Council on Monday considered how best to pay for the disposal of citywide garbage and recycled materials in the distant future.

In the short run, the King County Council later this month will consider a recommendation from the King County executive to increase tipping fees charged to haulers. If approved, it could result in a boost of 50 cents per month for a typical Bellevue residential customer with a 32-gallon cart starting Jan. 1, 2013.

Bellevue pays its contractor, Republic Services, to pick up garbage citywide and pays King County to dispose of it at the Factoria Recycling and Transfer Station. From there it goes to the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill in Maple Valley.

Bellevue and other cities have an agreement with King County to provide facilities, dispose of solid waste and set disposal fees until 2028. An important issue for Bellevue officials has been the steady rise in disposal rates in recent years.

Much of the tipping fee increases are being used to finance the construction of new facilities, including replacement of the Factoria Transfer Station, which is projected for completion in 2016 at a cost of approximately $76 million.

One discussion point was whether the city should extend its agreement with the county or make other disposal arrangements. The council directed city staff to prepare a comment letter to county elected officials expressing its concerns and recommendations.

For more information, see the council study session material or view the video of the council meeting.

Feedback: Joyce Nichols, Interim Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, 425-452-4225 or jnichols@bellevuewa.gov

'Summit' added to budget outreach
The city will hold a community "summit" to gather additional feedback about the 2013-2014 operating budget and 2013-2019 capital budget to be adopted in December.

The event, in late October or early November, will be in addition to three public hearings, two open houses and two resident surveys. Mayor Conrad Lee proposed the community gathering, which he said could serve as a "reality check" for the council.

Data from the surveys and comments at the hearings and open houses have been used in the development of the city's budgets so far. For the second time the city is using an "outcomes" approach to build the budget, with city services and programs evaluated based on community priorities, or outcomes, rather than city departments.

The city manager is expected to present a preliminary budget to the council in October. Both the summit and the final budget hearing (set for Nov. 19) will focus on the preliminary budget.

The mayor asked staff to organize the community summit. The council invited anyone who is interested to participate.

The Finance Department's budget page has more information on the budget process, including a sign-up for text or email alerts about budget news.

Feedback: Toni Rezab, Budget Manager, 425-452-7863 or trezab@bellevuewa.gov

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