Paid for by Steve Dawes for City Council
Olde Towne is the heart of Bellevue and preserving
and strengthening it is my goal by serving Ward 1 on
the Bellevue City Council.
Born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, I moved to
Bellevue in 2006. As a lifelong resident of the
Omaha/Bellevue area, I’m well versed in local politics
and issues. I have been a City of Omaha employee
for 24 years, working in various different departments
such as Parks and Recreation, Public Works, and the
Omaha Police Department.
I have always been interested in city, county and
State government and have actively attended
Bellevue City Council meetings for quite some time.
I’ve attended State Unicameral sessions as well, and
am particularly knowledgeable on city and state
statutes as well as property rights. Being involved in
local politics and working within city government for
many years gives me many unique insights into how
local city government functions and how it can be
Family is important to me. My wife Marta and I have
been married for 38 years. We have four wonderful
children and four adorable grandchildren. I’m proud
of the fact that Marta received her Masters degree
from Bellevue University. I am an avid supporter of
the Bellevue Farmer’s Market and Olde Towne itself.
My wife and I actively support the businesses in Olde
Towne by shopping and dining there.
My faith plays an important part in my life. I’ve
served as Deacon and Session member at Miller Park
and Florence Presbyterian Church, and Youth
Director at Florence. I was active in the Boy Scouts in
my younger years, and am a Life Scout and a
member of the Order of the Arrow.
In my free time, I enjoy classic cars, model
railroading, eBay, relaxing with family on our scenic
deck, bird watching, local theater, local food, music
and friends. My wife and I also run the Graveyards of
Omaha website, http://GraveyardsofOmaha.com,
where Bellevue Cemetery is featured.
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MUD vs. Black Hills cost comparison.
The analyzed average consumption for a home that uses
as the primary fuel for space heating. For this type of usage,
average consumption in 2011 was about 85 decatherms.
service charges, MUD's GIR (gas infrastructure replacement),
and the price per therm, the MUD bill is 21% lower ($826.96
Did you know 85% of Bellevue gets its natural gas from MUD?
MUD is a publicly-owned utility. It doesn’t make a profit to
distribute to shareholders. That way it ensures its customers a
lower rate. Wouldn’t you like a lower rate too? Vote DAWES!
95% of the homes in Ward I get their gas service from a for
company, Black Hills Energy, at over a 20% higher cost. ALL
Olde Towne users pay the higher rate.
Eight thousand residents of Elkhorn received the same
Nebraska law when it was annexed by Omaha. We can make
lower our bills too. Vote DAWES! As your councilman in Ward
will work with the legislature to amend the law so ALL of
pays the same lower rate!
Article from MUD’s web page at
“Today, we are the only metropolitan utility district in the State
Nebraska. Our strength lies in being a public utility, customer-
and governed by a locally- elected board of directors. As the
largest public gas utility in the United States, we provide a
and service at rates that are lower than area investor-owned
We serve natural gas to 216,826 customer-owners in Omaha,
Bennington, Fort Calhoun, Springfield, Yutan and 85 percent
Like others on the sitting council, I’ve never worked for or sat
on a city board. I don’t owe anyone a favor, and that means I’m
responsible solely to taxpayers. I bring new views to the
Council. I will watch your tax dollars in the same way, every
Bellevue has some tough decisions to make. How do we fund
our new full-time fire dept or attract new shops and
businesses? Restoring Olde Towne and the Fort Crook
corridor can bring much-needed tax dollars to fund these
initiatives. If we can’t answer this question effectively, we
become the next Detroit.
Example of past failures to bring tax dollars into Bellevue:
Losing out on Werner Park baseball complex, the failed water
park complex, and losing the SAC Museum. Failing to plan will
only lead to more of the same. Candidates with a “let’s wait”
attitude are great for a campaign, but bad for Bellevue. We
need an attitude of “we will do whatever it takes to make
Bellevue a better city for the lowest amount,” on the council.
The new bike routes have been criticized, but Omaha has a
full-time director ($65,000 a year and benefits) for its routes,
and Lincoln’s had them since 2006. Bike routes attract people
and jobs to a city, and are completely eco-friendly. Bellevue
needs the bike routes for its future.
Bellevue needs to continue towards a full-time fire dept as the
Nebraska legislature intended. At the candidate’s forum
September 25, many different points of view were presented
on this topic, but safety should be everyone’s primary concern.
The City has to raise the funds to do this, for the well-being of
Bellevue residents. Returning to our roots and the Buy
Bellevue (sales tax) attitude would be a good start.
Vote Dawes, Olde Town Cause.