Residents continue to be happy with Bellevue's government despite a recession that has shaken businesses and other governments around the region.
In the 2008 Annual Performance Report, 94 percent of residents said the city is an excellent or good place to live, and 85 percent said they believe they are getting their money's worth with city services. Seventy-nine percent of residents said they think the city is headed in the right direction.
The Annual Performance Report surveys resident attitudes about city government and measures the effectiveness of various departments in key service delivery areas. The report also contains Bellevue's "vital signs" -- a collection of key performance indicators that, when looked at together, provide a picture of the city's health.
Seven of the vital signs track resident attitudes in such categories as the quality of life in the city's neighborhoods, based on an annual survey. The remainder are more technical, focusing on such areas as crime rate or traffic flow. Last year Bellevue met or exceeded its performance targets in 12 of the 16 vital-signs categories.
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