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Two bond issues, two results

Asking for voters for more money in a recession is a difficult task. The government entities that made that request last week probably didn’t know how bad the economy was going to look by election day, so most of them had to be at least relieved with the result.

Most, but not all. The City of Spokane’s request for an $18.5 million bond issue was pretty soundly thumped on Tuesday, while school districts were passing levies and the Spokane School District – which shares most of the same voters as the city – floated its bond.

An outside observer might assume that the bigger of the two bond issues was the one that crashed and burned. Not so; the school bond issue, at $288 million, is about 15 times bigger.

Bond report: Dist. 81 yes; “police and pets” no

Spokane School District officials can probably rest easy tonight. Their $288 million bond issue has a comfortable lead, and seems headed for passage.

News for the City of Spokane’s Police Department and animal control plans is not so good. The $18.5 million “Police and Pets” bond issue was thumped. Hard.

The above map is a look at the city bond issue as of Tueday night’s count.-

 

Drop off boxes out

Spokane County is putting out its ballot drop off boxes today. Which may seem strange, considering that most voters do not actually have ballots to drop off.

But the ballots go out in the mail today and Thursday, so it won’t be long before you are looking at that signed and sealed envelope and wondering “How can I save on postage?”

Take it to a drop off box. There’s probably one somewhere along your route, between now and March 10, so you don’t have to burn more than 42 cents in gas to get it in.

 Locations are inside the blog.

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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.

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