The Bellevue City Council made plans Monday to launch an appeal for public support for infrastructure expenses in the form of a “citizen survey.”

     Based on the results of the survey, the council has plans to place an initiative on the May election ballot to support a tax levy, bond or local-option tax to gather public funding for street reconstruction or maintenance and other projects.

     A draft of the survey was presented Monday by City Councilwoman Kathryn Goldman. She said the survey asks two basic questions: “Where do you want money spent?” and “How do you pay for it?”

     The survey, when it is approved in its final form by the council on March 9, will be distributed at public locations in the town. Results will be tallied by March 20, the deadline for placing an initiative on the May ballot.

     The following draft survey has been transcribed from a City Council memo on Feb. 24.:

    

Draft Community Survey

City of Bellevue priorities/funding options

 

     Please indicate how important it is for the city of Bellevue to address each of the following issues over the next five years. Scale: very important, somewhat important, neutral, somewhat unimportant, very unimportant:

 

a.  New Police Department/combined emergency services building

b.  Redeveloping downtown

c.  Preservation of open space

d.  Improve city street maintenance, repair and snow removal

e.  Improve parks

f.   Improve library

 

     The next five questions focus on city spending on important city services that come out of the annual budget's general fund. These are services that are paid for by property taxes. Please state how you think the city of Bellevue is doing with spending in these areas within the city's annual budget.

 

1) Bellevue Fire Department:

a.  Too much money spent

b.  About the right amount spent

c. Not enough spent

d. Don't know

 

2) Bellevue Police Department

a.  Too much money spent

b.  About the right amount spent

c. Not enough spent

d. Don't know

 

3) Bellevue parks

a.  Too much money spent

b.  About the right amount spent

C. Not enough spent d. Don't know

 

4) Bellevue streets

a.  Too much money spent

b.  About the right amount spent

c. Not enough spent

d. Don't know

 

5) Bellevue Library

a.  Too much money spent

b.  About the right amount spent

c.  Not enough spent

d.  Don't know

 

     Many of the streets in the old city town site were never constructed to modern standards and Bellevue's budget is very limited. The city wishes to hear from residents on the most acceptable ways to pay for a better level of service on street repair, plowing and maintenance. If the cost to you were approximately $40 per $100,000 home value each year, would you be willing to pay a property tax levy for a $1.5 million general obligation bond over 25 years to allow the city to reconstruct Pine Street from the eastern city limit to Highway 75?

 

a.  Strongly support

b.  Somewhat support

c.  Neutral

d.  Somewhat oppose

e.  Strongly oppose

 

     A 1 percent local-option tax (LOT) on only hotels and liquor by the drink would be paid by everyone staying at local hotels (visitors) and everyone purchasing beer, wine or liquor at local bars (visitors and locals). When people are traveling, and eating out, a local-option tax generates income, but when the economy is down, that revenue will likely drop down. Would you vote for a 1 percent LOT which would, by law, be used exclusively to repair, maintain and plow city streets annually. Based on the most recent figures available, the city can expect to receive approximately $77,000 from a 1 percent LOT.

 

a.  Strongly support

b.  Somewhat support

c.  Neutral

d.  Somewhat oppose

e.  Strongly oppose

 

     Would you be willing to pay an annual property tax levy for streets of approximately $30 per $100,000 of home value, which would generate approximately $70,000 annually in revenue to be used exclusively to maintain, plow and repair city streets? This annual levy would, by law, be dedicated to streets only.

 

a.  Strongly support

b.  Somewhat support

c.  Neutral

d.  Somewhat oppose

e.  Strongly oppose

 

Are you a registered Bellevue voter?

a. Yes

b. No

 

     What is your age?

a. 18-24

b.  25-35

c. 35-45

d.  45-65

e.  over 65

 

     What is your gender?

a.  Male

b.  Female

c.  Nonbinary

d.  Rather not say

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