Carol Blood has been a public servant for the community of Bellevue since 2008. Since then, she has done much to move the community forward at the municipal level prior to being elected to the Legislature in 2016. These progressive ideas and initiatives have saved area taxpayers tens of millions of dollars.
Major initiatives brought forward by Carol Blood include, but are not limited to:
- Introducing a Vacant Property Committee, which resulted in legislation to protect municipalities against the high costs involved with foreclosed properties
- Publically fighting the Omaha Wheel Tax to protect Sarpy County taxpayers
- Working with police to create citizen-focused policies such as the Disorderly House Ordinance to protect our neighborhoods and the Secondhand Sales Ordinance to help residents protect/reclaim stolen property
- Presenting the Neighborhood Calming Procedure to give power of change to those experiencing dangerous traffic issues
- Proposing updated animal ordinances, including a policy in which first offender pets receive a free ride home instead of being taken to a shelter
- Working with the 270 Acre Committee to develop city-owned property that previously sat vacant for decades
- Proposing an existing location for the new Police Station/Public Safety Building as an alternative to constructing a new building, saving area taxpayers more than $20 million.
- Championing the Bellevue Neighborhood Betterment Grant Program that will allow residents to apply for grants from the Community Betterment Fund (Keno Dollars-Not City Coffers) to help improve their communities.
- Bringing forward a new open data policy to reduce city staff’s time on repetitive information requests, create a more transparent government, act as a strong engine for area economic development, and encourage community participation
- Working with Councilman Knutson to champion Bellevue's new Convention Center, (opening August 2016) and ensure that the center created no additional tax burden
- Drafting Bellevue's first Complete Streets document to use as springboard for the committee and Green Bellevue to amend and implement.
- Working with the area Chamber of Commerce, administration, and city council to promote LB-840, allowing Bellevue to utilize important incentives for local economic development
- Bringing forward the Telecommunications Tax Audit, resulting in thousands of dollars being returned to Bellevue, Papillion, and La Vista city coffers
- Coordinating and organizing Bellevue’s participation in the Late Night With Seth Meyers Tournament of Things
Carol Blood continues to be a highly involved citizen working to make our communities better places to live and raise our families. Her voice will be your voice because she truly understands the area she serves and the people who live here.
Her record of community involvement includes:
- Chair of Bellevue Police Community Foundation
- Chair of Bellevue Public Safety Foundation
- Sarpy County Historical Museum Board Member
- Olde Towne Development Committee Member
- Nebraska Veterans Parade Chair
- RiverFest Volunteer
- Bellevue Police Citizens Advisory Council Chair
- Bellevue Senior Center (IT Volunteer)
- WorldFest Chair
- Member of the League of Nebraska Municipalities Legislative Committee Representing Bellevue
- Bellevue Farmers' Market Volunteer Organizer/Chair