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Policy Committees Turn Attention to Budget Review

Posted By Chris Johnson, Monday, October 10, 2016
Updated: Friday, October 7, 2016

First up will be Public Affairs on Thursday, October 13, 12 Noon at the Chamber office. We’ll receive a full briefing on Bellevue Utilities rates and capital projects from Utilities Director Nav Otal. This will be a great chance to ask questions of Utilities staff, prior to the Bellevue Utilities Business Customer Forum on October 27, 7:30 – 9:30 AM.

Stay tuned for a special meeting later in late October or early November, for details on the General Capital and Operating Budgets.

Transportation will meet on Tuesday, October 18 at 7:30 AM, one week later than usual. We’ll find out which projects are included in the City’s proposed 2017-23 CIP. The budget will be released to Council the night before, so ink will be barely dry when we convene Tuesday morning.

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Bellevue Blitz Roundup: Bellevue Utilities Business Customer Forum; Fire Station Ten Community Meeting; Construction Closures on 110th NE

Posted By Chris Johnson, Monday, October 10, 2016
Updated: Friday, October 7, 2016

Bellevue Utilities Business Customer Service Forum

Are you are curious about advanced meter reading, how rates or set or what utilities capital investments are planned for the future? Register online today for the Business Customer Service Forum on Thursday, October 27, 7:30 AM at Bellevue City Hall.

And here’s some late breaking news. As of our publication deadline today, the Bellevue Environmental Services Commission has announced a public hearing regarding the proposed 2017-18 Bellevue Utilities Budget and Rates. The hearing will occur on Thursday, October 20, 6:30 p.m., Oct. 20, at City Hall in conference room 1E-113.

Fire Station Ten Community Meeting

Building a new Fire Station Ten is a top priority for Bellevue Prop One. Fortunately, land purchase is funded in the 2015-21 CIP and a site selection process is underway. For more information, attend a Community Meeting on Tuesday, October 18, 6:30-8 PM at the Bellevue Public Safety Training Center, 1838 116th Ave. NE.

Construction Closures on 110th NE

Over the summer months, travelers to Skyline Tower and City Hall have experienced intermittent closures on 110th NE, between NE 4th and NE 6th. For the next three weeks, contractors will install monitoring equipment, in preparation for Sound Transit tunneling to begin later this year. Check out maps and additional details at the East Link project web page.

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Bellevue Blitz Roundup 9.26.16

Posted By Chris Johnson, Monday, September 26, 2016
Updated: Friday, September 23, 2016

Bellevue’s Proposed Budget is on its way

The City Manager’s proposed budget is tentatively scheduled for transmission to Council on October 17. Let us know if you would like to serve on the Chamber’s budget review task force and stay tuned for announcements.

On October 13, Bellevue Utilities will brief Public Affairs on proposed rates and capital expenditures. Additional sessions will be scheduled to review the City’s operating budget and general 2017-23Capital Improvement Program.

Community Meetings on Proposed Men’s Homeless Shelter

For many years, Congregations for the Homeless has quietly gone about the business of providing both emergency services and a day shelter for homeless adult men living on the Eastside. However, the existing Eastside Winter Shelter needs a new home and a potential site on public land has been identified in Eastgate.

Two community meetings have been scheduled for Thursday, September 29 and Thursday October 27 7-9 PM at Champions Centre, right near the entrance to Bellevue College. Don’t miss the opportunity to support this important initiative and shape the site selection process for a new emergency shelter and transitional housing.

Jobs for Washington’s Graduates

Would you like to support a youth job skills training program with proven results? The “Getting to Graduation and Beyond” luncheon is set for November 2. Each year, Jobs for Washington Graduates serves over 1500 at-risk youth struggling with homelessness, learning disabilities or foster care status through specialized training and career skills development. Over 80% of program participants obtain part-time employment and post-secondary education.  

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Chamber Board to Tackle Bellevue Propositions One and Two

Posted By Chris Johnson, Monday, September 26, 2016
Updated: Friday, September 23, 2016

Now that Chamber policy committees have recommended support for both of Bellevue’s proposed ballot measures, the Board of Directors is poised to take action on each proposal.

Proposition One relating to fire services would authorized an additional property tax rate of up to 12.5 cents per $1,000.00 A/V, generating $6 million per year and $120 million over twenty years.

Proposition Two, regarding neighborhood safety, connectivity and congestion relief would add up to 15 cents per $1,000.00 A/V, and yield $7 million per year and $140 million over the life to the levy.

We’ll be back with the Board decision and information about likely projects to be funded.

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Bellevue Blitz Roundup - 9.13.16

Posted By Chris Johnson, Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Updated: Monday, September 12, 2016

2016 Housing Summit

As commercial and residential property values continue to soar, the timing is right for 2016 Housing Summit. Hosted annually by the Master Builders Association, this year’s Housing Summit will be held on September 15 at Meydenbauer Center and will feature Governor Jay Inslee as keynote speaker and include a panel discussion of state legislators.

School Transportation Tips

Bellevue School District teachers and students have returned to class and now is the time to review transportation alternatives, to ensure all students and school personnel arrive safely and on time. In addition, Bellevue High Schools have a later start time. The Bellevue Reporter has these tips to help you adjust accordingly. If your route to school involves a carpool on I-405, you may be eligible for a free Good to Go! Pass.

Energize Eastside Update

Earlier this spring, the public was given the opportunity to comment on two new Energize Eastside project alternatives, as identified by Puget Sound Energy. The public comment period has now closed and the Phase 2 Draft EIS is expected in January. The Scoping Comment Summary Report, Part 2 (Reopened) and other relevant documents are available here.

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Policy Committees Turn Attention to Bellevue Budget and Tax Issues

Posted By Chris Johnson, Monday, September 12, 2016
Updated: Monday, September 12, 2016

Come join us at Transportation on Tuesday, September 13 at 12 Noon for a discussion of the proposed Bellevue Transportation Levy. Jennifer Robertson, chair of the ballot measure pro statement committee, will provide examples of projects which could be funded by the levy and discuss how we can shape the selection process.

Please note the special start time of 12 Noon.

Bellevue’s draft 2017-18 budget will land sometime in October, so we’ll discuss Bellevue’s long term financial plan at Public Affairs on Thursday, September 22 at 12 Noon. Toni Rezab, acting director of finance will be on hand to answer all our questions about long term borrowing, “banked” property tax capacity and projected revenue growth.

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Bellevue Blitz Roundup - 8.22.16

Posted By Chris Johnson, Monday, August 22, 2016
Updated: Friday, August 19, 2016

Bellevue Council on August hiatus.

After a busy June and July, the Council folded its tent and won’t be back until Monday, September 6, when it reconvenes for both a study session and regular meeting. For those who can’t stand the suspense check online for meeting agendas on Fridays before all sessions.

Corporations for Communities Awards

Do you know a Washington corporation or business that does give back to your community? It could be donating money or supplies, providing volunteer help on projects, or something else that makes a difference.

Secretary of State Kim Wyman will choose at least one large and one small company from among the public’s nominations. Time is running out, so learn more about the awards and place your nomination by August 31 – the Wednesday before Labor Day Weekend.

Ramp meter for Coal Creek Pkwy onto I-405

Do you like to bypass the I-405 southbound ramp and race down 114th/118th SE past Newport Shores? As of August 17, your short-cut has been well, short-circuited. Learn more about ramp metering at the Coal Creek Parkway/Lake Washington Blvd entrance to I-405, part of the I-405 corridor project.

Bel-Red Sewer Improvement Project

Bellevue Utilities Sewer project along Bel-Red Road is scheduled to start on August 26 and last through Fall of 2016. The Project includes upsizing a portion of sewer in Bel-Red Road from 148th Ave NE to NE 20th St, adding a new 16 inch main on the west side of the road.

We’ll keep you posted as this project is implemented.

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Policy Committees to Shift Gears in September

Posted By Chris Johnson, Monday, August 22, 2016
Updated: Friday, August 19, 2016

Once we return from Labor Day Weekend, the political season will kick into high gear. Come learn how we can shape tax and spending issues right here in our own backyard.

Transportation Committee will hear from Jennifer Robertson, chair of the Bellevue Transportation Levy ballot measure pro statement committee, on Tuesday, September 13 at 12 Noon. Please note the special start time of 12 Noon.

Public Affairs Committee will receive a full briefing on Bellevue’s long term financial planning process from Toni Rezab, acting director of finance. Join us on Thursday, September 22 at 12 Noon. Please note we’re meeting on the third rather than the second Thursday of the month.

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Show Your Support for International Trade

Posted By Chris Johnson, Thursday, August 4, 2016

Washington is commonly known as the most trade-dependent trade state in nation. Not surprisingly, our Members of Congress from both parties have generally supported pro-trade legislation. However, in the current political environment, attacks on free trade are escalating.

Here’s the chance to sign a letter urging Congress to take action in support of the Trans Pacific Partnership this year.

The President and business leaders in DC are still pushing as hard as possible for a November vote, and we want to demonstrate that our state’s trade community is very much in support of that effort.

The US Chamber of Commerce and the Washington Council on International Trade (WCIT) have asked for our help. The Bellevue Chamber urges elected officials of both parties in Congress to affirm the TPP – please consider adding your name in support.

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Policy Committees to Complete Review of ST3

Posted By Chris Johnson, Thursday, August 4, 2016

Come join us for the final joint policy committee meeting dedicated to the proposed ST3 ballot measure. The Chamber Transportation and Public Affairs Committees will convene on Thursday, August 11, 12 Noon at the Chamber office.

We’ll hear from Sound Transit CFO Brian McCartan and Executive Director for Planning Ric Ilgenfritz, who will bring us up to speed on projected tax revenues and expenditures assumed in the plan.

The committees will not be voting up or down on the ballot measure, but will prepare a list of pros and cons to be considered by the Chamber Board later this month.

In preparation take a look at the proposed project list,  ST3 plan project phasing,  ST3 proposed funding and Appendix B: Financial Policies.

Don’t miss this important discussion!

 

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