ADVERTISEMENT
Advertise Here

Spin Control

The difference between bond issues

Although it’s too early to declare the Spokane School District’s bond issue a winner, it is clear that it did considerably better than the City of Spokane’s bond issue.

It pulled more votes out of almost every city precinct that the two proposals shared. Sometimes lots more, as the above map of the first night’s vote totals shows.

This is interesting for several reasons.


First, the school bond issue is much bigger: $288 million compared to $18.5 million. The tax levy to pay it off is also much bigger and in a time of economic troubles, it’s interesting that people would choose the more expensive one, all things being equal.

Second, all things aren’t equal, and schools generally enjoy strong support in Spokane. But the city’s bond issue was largely for criminal justice facilities, and they, too, generall enjoy voter support.

Third, beyond the differences in who would do what with the money, there was a huge disparity in the amount spent on campaigns. Citizens for Spokane Schools had spent about$145,000 while  Citizens for Public Safety had spent about $6,600. This definitely shows what a big campaign — even one that has problems with the accurately explaining its ballot measures — can do.


Please keep it civil. Don't post comments that are obscene, defamatory, threatening, off-topic, an infringement of copyright or an invasion of privacy. Read our forum standards and community guidelines.

You must be logged in to post comments. Please log in here or click the comment box below for options.

comments powered by Disqus
« Back to Spin Control

Get blog updates by email

About this blog

Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Jonathan Brunt is an enterprise reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Kip Hill is a general assignments reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Nick Deshais covers Spokane City Hall for The Spokesman-Review.

Latest comments »

Read all the posts from recent conversations on Spin Control.

Search this blog
Subscribe to this blog
ADVERTISEMENT
Advertise Here