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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17, 2009, 2:21 P.M.

Spokane Valley Council faces sheriff expenses

On the heels of a state auditor's report that they owe money for law enforcement services, the City of Spokane Valley City Council is holding a special meeting Thursday morning "to discuss dispute resolution regarding billing."

The city and the county have been arguing over who owes what to whom for deputies and jail time for several years. The city claimed it was being double billed for some services, for an amount that added up over time to more than $2 million.

On Monday, assistant audit manager Gary Cavendar said the city and its Portland accounting firm was using the wrong assumptions to come up with its double-billing claim. Read staff writer John Craig's report here.

The city isn't necessarily caving. But the announcement for the 8:30 a.m. special meeting includes the following comment from Mayor Rich Munson:  “It is our intent that the negotiations over this issue move quickly toward a mutually beneficial resolution in a minimum amount of time.” 


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