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 www.bellevue.net 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 www.bellevue.net 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.
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.