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Campaigns form over supermajority proposition

Signs supporting and opposing Proposition 2 in Spokane have been sprouting up throughout town, including this spot where Maple and Ash merge just north of the Maple Street Bridge. Voters will consider the proposal in the February 12 special election. Proposition 2 would increase the threshold needed in City Council votes for increasing some taxes from four out of seven members to five. (Jonathan Brunt)
Signs supporting and opposing Proposition 2 in Spokane have been sprouting up throughout town, including this spot where Maple and Ash merge just north of the Maple Street Bridge. Voters will consider the proposal in the February 12 special election. Proposition 2 would increase the threshold needed in City Council votes for increasing some taxes from four out of seven members to five. (Jonathan Brunt)

Funding for signs opposing Spokane Proposition 2, which were paid for at least in part by the Spokane Firefighters Union, haven’t been reported to the state Public Disclosure Commission. Rules indicate the union should have reported the campaign expense at least five days from when the signs were accepted from the printer. The signs have been up around town at least a week.

Proposition 2 would raise the threshold needed in City Council votes to increase certain taxes from four out of seven members to five.

Don Waller, president of the Spokane Firefighters Union, said forms hadn’t been filed with the PDC because leadership of the union has recently been out of town. He said the group will file proper paperwork soon with the PDC and may report it as a contribution to a new group that formed in opposition to Proposition 2.

Kris Byrum, the campaign manager for the new group, Citizens for Democracy, said he formed it to unify opposition. He said the group has pledges for about $3,000. Beth Thew, secretary-treasurer of the Spokane Labor Council, said the council has pledged $500 to the campaign.

A group that supports Proposition 2, Spokane Citizens for Responsible Democracy, reported to the PDC on Monday contributions of $5,350, including a $1,500 contribution from the Spokane Home Builders Association Political Action Committee.

City Councilwoman Nancy McLaughlin, a committee member of the campaign in support of Proposition 2, said the group will consider a media campaign depending on how much is raised.

The Spokane County Republican Party has endorsed Proposition 2 and given a $250 donation to Spokane Citizens for Responsible Democracy, said county party Chairman Ben Oakley.

The Spokane County Democratic Party voted to oppose Proposition 2 and will make a $200 contribution to Citizens for Democracy, said past county Chairwoman Kris Cejka.




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