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February 12, 2010 at 3:08 PM

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Bellevue faces shortfall for 2011-12 budget

Posted by Nicole Tsong

It's not all light rail all the time in Bellevue. The City Council also heard from the city staff earlier this week about a projected $17 million operating budget deficit for the 2011-2012 budget.

The recession is contributing to a drop in sales and other taxes, said city spokesman Tim Waters. The capital budget also is expected to reach a deficit of $96 million from 2011-2017.

The city already has a hiring freeze on non-critical positions and cut expenses in all departments to cope with a shortfall for the current budget.

"We've really been hit hard by the recession and we have some tough choices coming up," Waters said.

As part of a new budget process, the City Council has identified seven priorities areas for the city: safe community, improved mobility, healthy and sustainable environment, responsive government, economic growth and competitiveness, quality neighborhoods and innovative and vibrant community.

The Council will most likely see a draft budget proposal by the end of April, Waters said.

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