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The 912 Project-Nebraska Message Board › Tuesday July 9:00 @6:00 pm Public Hearing at Bellevue City Hall Budget: Bi

Tuesday July 9:00 @6:00 pm Public Hearing at Bellevue City Hall Budget: Bike Paths.

Darlene E.
user 14539080
Omaha, NE
Post #: 337
From Agenda 21 Focus Group:

This Tuesday evening at 6pm there is going to be a public hearing at Bellevue City Hall regarding the budget. According to NE Taxpayers, there is a significant shortfall. We need Bellevue Citizens to come to the public hearing and/or take the survey to voice their opinion to cut spending on unnecessary programs and reduce waste. Below highlighted in blue is one person's opinion as fyi for you.

The bike lanes on Ft. Crook Road (actually taking a full width traffic lane in each direction and designating them bicycle lanes) cost a total of $267,500.60, with the City of Bellevue on the hook for 20% or $53,512.12 and rest covered by the Nebraska Department of Roads. I understand Bellevue got approximately $13,500 in private donations (I'm sure from some companies who expect favors in return), so they are saying the project only cost $40,000. They forget that the $227K from the NE Department of Roads is also our taxpayer $ (either that paid to the State of NE or the tax $ paid to the Federal Government. It is a huge waste of money all in the name or reducing carbon footprints and reducing the number of vehicle miles driven in the name of a phony environmental agenda. This is just the beginning of the cost that Bellevue's Complete Streets Ordinance willl cost the citizens of Bellevue, as every streets project will have to be studied as to how they can accomodate all modes of transportation (driving, bicycling, walking). Such studies will cost, the implementation of multi-modal transportation accomodations will cost, and the loss of business will cost. The next implementation will be on 36th Street, complete with round-a-bouts and bicycle lanes.

Bellevue is now seeking citizen input as they prepare for the next budget cycle where they say they will have a shortfall. Their survey is a joke, as it asks what we the citizens want...less services with the same taxes, even less services with less taxes, the same services with more taxes, or more services with even higher taxes; and then asks which services we would like to have cut. It nowhere gives us the choice of the city reducing their waste or cutting or be more efficient, but that it is us who have to accept less services or accept increased taxes. They have a public hearing at Bellevue City Hall Tuesday evening at 6 pm. One way they could reduce expenses is to repeal the Complete Streets Ordinance.



Please Take our Survey
As the City of Bellevue works on developing its budget for fiscal year 2013-14, we would like to invite our citizens to fill out a brief online survey at to provide input on how their tax dollars are spent. Given the tough economic times that we live in, the City of Bellevue is moving towards a priority-based budgeting process and input from the public is essential to ensure that city services are meeting your needs and expectations.

Citizens will also have a chance to share their thoughts and ideas on the upcoming budget in person on July 9th at Bellevue City Hall when the City Administration will be hosting a public forum on the budget. This public forum will start at 6:00pm in the City Council Chambers with the purpose of gathering citizen input on budget priorities and solutions.

City Administrator Dan Berlowitz said, “As we start moving forward with priority based budgeting in 2014, I would invite and encourage all of the citizens of Bellevue to take a few minutes to share their thoughts on how we create a balanced budget that addresses City services and remains fiscally responsible.”

The survey’s questions include: ranking the importance of existing City departments; ranking the importance of services provided by each department, and asking questions about the current level of services and taxes. The budget survey is available on the City’s website at with a link in the News section and in the Quick links menu under the heading “2013/14 City of Bellevue Budget Survey”. Printed copies of the survey are also available in the Finance Department, City Clerk’s Department, and Bellevue Public Library.

Please Take our Survey

The results of this survey will help guide City officials in planning and prioritizing programs as well as policy development across all City departments to create more focused, efficient, and financially sustainable government services.

The City Administrator will present his budget proposal to the City Council on August 12th at 6:00 p.m. The Council will then review the proposed budget and approve a final budget by the middle of September for submittal to the State of Nebraska.

- See more at: http://www.bellevue.n...­

Darlene E.
user 14539080
Omaha, NE
Post #: 338
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