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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Council Roundup: Arts, services reps dominate budget hearing

Thirty-seven people, including many representatives for area arts and human services agencies, spoke at a public hearing Monday concerning the proposed 2011-2012 budget.

The City Council is considering a budget that would reduce spending by $11 million and cut 59 jobs. Given the recession's impact on revenue, a "major reset" was necessary, City Manager Steve Sarkozy said.

"This is not business as usual," the city manager noted Monday. "Our intent is to put the city on a financially sustainable course, permanently reducing spending."

Support departments are expected to take the biggest hit, with an 11 percent cut, while public safety and human services are expected to be maintained at close to their current levels in the new budget. The proposed 2011-2017 Capital Investment Program plan is $100 million smaller than the current CIP plan.

The council is expected to adopt a final budget and CIP plan on Dec. 6.

Meeting agendas, with background information, are available. Meetings are televised on Bellevue TV (Channel 21) and online.

Input from residents is welcome, and the council is taking e-mails about the budget at budgetcomments@bellevuewa.gov

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

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