Bellevue Blitz Roundup: Bellevue Way SE Community meeting; Legislative Update; Bellevue School Levies Pass.
What’s the Project Status of the Bellevue Way Southbound HOV Lane?
You’re invited to an open house to receive a project design update on the Bellevue Way Southbound HOV Lane project:
Thursday, April 5, 2018, 5:30 – 7:30 PM; Enatai Elementary School Cafeteria, 10700 SE 25th Street
You will have the opportunity to see the project’s design, the updated cost and the cost/benefit of the construction-phasing options. The project team would like to find out whether you support the construction-phasing approach.
For background, including Council’s decision to study a slightly longer HOV lane north to 108th SE, visit the project website.
If you have any questions, please contact Marina Arakelyan at 425-452-4632 or Marakelyan@bellevuewa.gov
Legislative Update – Autonomous Vehicles
With just over two weeks until the end of Session, many bills won’t make it to the finish line. The Chamber has supported the following transportation-related legislation that fell short:
- Senate Bill 6043 and House Bill 2716, creating uniform statewide regulations for transportation network companies, including Lyft and Uber;
- House Bill 2862, increasing private employers shuttle access to park and ride lots.
The good news is House Bill 2970, creating an autonomous vehicle work group, made it out of the House and is now before the Senate. The Chamber believes now is the time to create a legal and policy framework, so we can benefit from emerging transportation technologies, including autonomous, electric, connected and shared vehicles.
Ask your state senator to support reporting House Bill 2970 out of committee and on to the Senate Floor for final adoption. Most Bellevue residents reside in either the 41st or 48th Districts, represented by Senator Lisa Wellman and Senator Patty Kuderer.
Note: All transportation and fiscal legislation must make it out of the Opposite House by Monday, February 26th.
Bellevue School Levies Pass
On February 13th Special Election Night, all three Bellevue School District levies were passing by the following margins:
- The four-year, $304 million Educational and Operating (Enrichment) Levy, 53.4% YES;
- The four-year, $163 million Capital and Technology Levy, 51.6% YES;
- The one-year, $8 million School Bus Levy, 54.5% YES.
The first two measures were replacement levies, with the Operating levy coming in at 99 cents per $1,000 in assessed value, less than the current, expiring $1.06 rate it will replace. The Capital Levy is pegged at 54 cents for the first two years, decreasing to 53 cents the third and fourth years, while the Bus Levy comes in at 12 cents per $1,000 for one year.
Despite our concern over the increasing property tax burden for commercial and residential property owners alike, the Chamber strongly endorsed all three levies. The Bellevue School District has a reputation for excellence and the business community strongly supports our students and teachers.
The final election results will be certified on February 23rd.
For additional information about how levy proceeds will be utilized, visit the Bellevue Quality Schools webpage.