Bellevue, Nebraska

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Bellevue is a city in Nebraska. As of 2010, it had a population of 50,137. It is the county seat for Sarpy County.

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of Michigan city websites

This website was reviewed on Dec. 19, 2012.

The good

  • Budget
    • Budgets are posted and archived for three years.[1]
  • Meetings
    • City council meeting minutes and agendas are posted.[2]
    • Minutes and agendas are archived to 2000.
  • Elected Officials
    • City council members are listed with contact information. Individual council member pages list additional contact information.[3]
  • Administrative Officials
    • A staff directory is posted.[4]
  • Building Permits and Zoning
    • Zoning[5] and building permit information is posted.[6]
  • Audits
    • Audits are posted an archived for three years.[7]
  • Contracts
    • Current bid opportunities are posted.[8]

The bad

  • Contracts
    • Previous vendor contracts are not posted.
    • Labor contracts are not posted.
  • Lobbying
  • Public Records
  • Local Taxes
    • Information on local tax levies or local sales and income tax reimbursements are not posted.

Public Employees

Elected Officials

The City Council is made up of six members, five elected in wards and one elected at large, serving for four year terms.[9] The City Council serves as the legislative and executive branch of city governance. The Mayor has power to appoint the City Administrator pending City Council Confirmation. The City Administrator oversees day to day operation of the city.[10] The current Mayor is Rita Sanders.[11]

First Last Position Ward Term Expiration
Carol Blood Council Member At-Large 2012
Scott Houghtaling Council Member 1 2012
Kathy Saniuk Council Member 2 2012
Dave Sanborn Council Member 3 2012
Steve Knutson Council Member 4 2012
Don Preister Council Member 5 2012

Administrative Officials

The City Administrator is Dan Berlowitz.[12] Mayor Sanders recently increase Berlowitz's salary $122,500 to $126,788,about 3.5%, citing job approval..[13]

Salaries

See also: Nebraska public employee salaries

Bellevue has paid out $400,000 in unused vacation in 2012 while attempting to cut down on long term costs. The changes were in response to former Police Chief John Stacey who resigned with $196,000 in unused vacation pay.[14]

Pensions

See also: Nebraska public pensions

Police and Fire Department employees are eligible for a pension.[15] Firefighters pay in 6.5% of their salary each month and the city contribution is 13%.[16]

Emergency personnel

According to the Bellevue Police Department website, the salary range for officers is $33,508 to $63,564.80 yearly.[17]

Lobbying

See also: Nebraska government sector lobbying

According to Open Secrets, Bellevue is not recorded as having paid for lobbying services.

Transparency & public records

The City Transparency section of the Bellevue website consists of meeting minutes and agendas.[18]

Taxes

The City of Bellevue has a 1.5% sales tax on top of the state 5.5% sales tax. Property taxes are levied by Sarpy County.[19]

External links

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