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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Council Roundup: Budget discussion continues

Also, Council reviews design work on future 15th/16th Street

Cuts to hours at the South Bellevue Community Center are included in the preliminary budget.The City Council Monday discussed the proposed 2011-2012 operating budget and the 2011-2017 Capital Investment Program (CIP) plan, focusing on programs intended to improve mobility.

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 will adopt a final budget and CIP plan on Dec. 6.

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. Considering modifications to the proposed budget, the council is reviewing each outcome.

Input from residents is welcome. The council will discuss the budget at its Nov. 1, 8, and 22 meetings (agendas); a public hearing is set for Nov. 15, 8 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall (450 110th Ave. NE).  Meetings are televised on Bellevue TV (Channel 21) and via the Internet.

In addition, the council is taking e-mails about the budget at budgetcomments@bellevuewa.gov. The preliminary budget is available. 

Feedback: Jan Hawn, Finance Director, 425-452-6846 or jhawn@bellevuewa.gov

Council reviews design work on future 15th/16th Street
The council also reviewed concepts for 15th/16th Street, a new roadway that eventually will become the centerpiece for redevelopment of the Bel-Red Corridor. The future East Link light rail line will run near, or on the new east-west street.

Discussion included the type and size of features to be included on the roughly 1.5-mile long roadway, such as the number of vehicle lanes, on-street parking, whether to have bike lanes or a bike-pedestrian pathway, and landscaping options. These decisions will determine how the various elements fit together and how wide the new street is.

For those who would like more information, or would like to comment on the 15th/16th Street project and other plans for the Bel-Red Corridor, as well as the nearby Wilburton Connections project, an open house is planned. The Mobility and Infrastructure Initiative open house will be 4:30 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 9, at City Hall. 

Feedback: Rick Logwood, Capital Projects Manager, 425-452-6858 or rlogwood@bellevuewa.gov

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