• High-Performance Government

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    Bellevue is characterized by high-performance government. Our residents live in a safe, clean city that promotes healthy living and well-being. The perception of safety contributes to the success of individuals, businesses and neighborhoods. Police, fire, public health professionals and emergency personnel are seen by our community every day, and we ensure that services reflect high standards and pride. High-Performance Government Performance

    People choose Bellevue because we are a well-managed city. Residents realize a direct link between their local tax dollars and the services they receive. We make public investments wisely – assuring taxpayers that we are living within our means while also ensuring superb infrastructure to support growing businesses and desirable residential opportunities. We have beautiful public buildings that residents point to with pride. Government plays its role in supporting the careful balance of neighborhoods, commercial and retail growth, diverse residential living opportunities and amenities that characterize Bellevue. City leadership fosters careful long-term planning, responsible financial policy and thoughtful partnerships with businesses, the non-profit sector and the region. 

    We support public engagement, innovation, and connectivity. Boards, commissions and other advisory groups assist the City Council in providing superior leadership by representing the diverse interests of the city and providing thoughtful and creative ideas that ensure sound policy direction and decisions. Bellevue does its business, using data and cutting-edge technology. City government uses all forms of outreach, including technology, to connect with its residents, giving them a voice and visibility.

    We seek input from our residents and businesses, and this input informs city decision-making. We make decisions in a transparent manner and support public engagement and connectivity. 

    Our residents are invested in Bellevue. They speak up and collectively work to address mutual needs. In Bellevue, our residents know their local government listens, cares about and responds to them.

    Three-Year (2021-23) Priorities

    18. Build trust in government by developing and implementing a comprehensive communication plan with proactive strategies and systems, and robust, transparent, open public engagement processes. Characteristics that were discussed include:

    • Share clear and timely information.
    • Engagement – getting input.
    • The more we listen, the more responsive we are.

    19. Identify and implement technologies that improve customer service by the City of Bellevue.

    20. Establish a long-range financial strategy that includes options that respond to the future operating and capital needs of the city.

    21. Develop and establish a new brand identity for the City of Bellevue that reflects both our past and our future; an identity that is iconic and leaves a lasting impression that Bellevue is a place where people want to live, work, learn and play.

    22. Leverage data and technology to enhance community engagement, equity and accountability.

    1. Measure and share interactive reports of key performance indicators across city services.
    2. Increase the reporting of correlated and aggregated community inputs to inform future policies. 
    3. Set up a dashboard to continuously report on progress against council priorities/vision.