The City Council Monday adopted its 2013-2014 budget. It includes modest growth, a welcome change from the past two years when $24 million was pared from Bellevue's budget because of the recession.
"I’m proud to have the council approve a budget that meets all our goals without increasing the property tax," Mayor Conrad Lee said.
"It provides for public safety, community development, parks, human services, light rail, environmental stewardship, planning, administration and everything else the city does, and does well," Lee added. "This is the result of an amazing effort by city staff, city council leadership and public support."
The council voted 5-2 for adoption of the budget. Councilmembers Claudia Balducci and John Chelminiak voted against the budget.
The general fund, which covers core services such as police, fire, transportation and parks, is budgeted to grow 4.4 percent in 2013 and 3.2 percent in 2014. A portion of the increase can be attributed to the annexation earlier this year of four neighborhoods in south Bellevue, which added about 5,400 new residents and 700 acres to the city. The capital and operating budgets total $1.29 billion for 2013 and 2014.
Highlights from the budget:
- No general tax increases or layoffs;
- New programs related to economic growth and competitiveness;
- Advances for many of the city’s most important capital needs, including Parks Levy projects, some Mobility and Infrastructure Initiative projects, East Link light rail commitments; and
- Funding for neighborhood projects such as the first phase of work to improve West Lake Sammamish Parkway.
The 2013-2019 Capital Investment Program budget includes $6.2 million reserved for emerging, high-priority capital needs for economic development and neighborhoods.
Public outreach concerning the budget included three public hearings, two forums and a focus group.
More information, including the preliminary budgets, is available at www.bellevuewa.gov/budgets.htm
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