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Building on the last two budgets, the city will again use the process called "Budget One" to develop the 2015-2016 Operating and Capital Investment Program (CIP) budgets. Budget One is a process that:
- Identifies the community’s priorities (called outcomes);
- Prioritizes services to meet those outcomes; and
- Funds those services with the available monies.
Community input is invited throughout the process. The city's budget and performance surveys provide statistically valid data about community priorities at the outset. Our past surveys are accessible on the Performance page.
Update of the budget process
"Results teams" -- staff working to represent the community -- have ranked and recommended funding for the services proposed to meet each outcome. At this point in the process, the result teams’ recommendations have been shared with the city manager, department directors and the City Council. Next steps in the process include a broad look across all outcomes as the city manager prepares a preliminary budget for presentation to the council in early October.
Summaries of proposals submitted for each outcome can be found on the budget page. Citizen comments on the budget can be shared with the council at council meetings during the oral communications section of the agenda. The city will hold one more public hearing on the 2015-2016 Budget on November 17. Budget adoption is scheduled for early December.
In preparation for the new budget, the city conducts a budget survey each biennium. The survey is designed to provide a statistically valid tool to enhance the city’s knowledge of residents’ perceptions about the city and to better understand community priorities and expectations regarding city services. This survey has been conducted every other year since 1998.
The survey addresses the following areas:
- General feelings about the direction in which the city is headed;
- Attitudes toward quality of life at citywide and neighborhood levels;
- Biggest problems at citywide and neighborhood levels;
- Satisfaction with the Bellevue Police Department on different measures;
- Preferences on strategies for addressing traffic congestion;
- Importance and satisfaction ratings for specific city facilities and services;
- Priorities for the city budget; and
- Value received for tax dollars and opinion of tax and service levels.
The 2014 Budget Survey is available.
The methodology for the 2013 Performance Survey is the same as in the Budget Survey. Respondents were screened to ensure that they were a head of household in Bellevue who was 18 years or older.
The 2013 Performance Survey is available. The 2014 survey is underway and will be available mid-April.