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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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