The City Council is deliberating on a proposed 2011-2012 operating budget and 2011-2017 Capital Investment Program (CIP) plan, and input from residents is welcome. A public hearing is set for Nov. 15, 8 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall (450 110th Ave. NE).
With the economic downturn taking a major toll on tax revenues, City Manager Steve Sarkozy proposed a budget in September that cuts 85 jobs and reduces spending by $11 million. The council, scheduled to adopt a final budget and CIP plan on Dec. 6, is considering modifications to the proposed budget, with budget discussions dominating council agendas in October and November.
Meetings are televised on Bellevue TV (Channel 21) and via the Internet. The council is taking e-mails about the budget at email@example.com.
The proposed budget is divided into seven sections, each one associated with a community priority or "outcome" identified by the council, such as economic growth or quality neighborhoods. The council has been reviewing each outcome, with the final two -- "healthy and sustainable environment" and "responsive government" -- to be discussed on Nov. 8.
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