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Help Spokane spend money on streets and sidewalks

Spokane leaders are seeking applications for a new board to oversee the use of the city’s new $20 vehicle tab tax.

The Citizens Transportation Advisory Board will have seven members. It was modeled after the Citizens Street Advisory Committee, which oversees projects paid for by the city’s 2004 street bond.

The board will include one member each from the Citizens Street Advisory Committee, the Pedestrian, Traffic and Transportation Committee of the Community Assembly, and the Bicycle Advisory Board. They will be appointed for one year.

The remaining four new members will be appointed for three years.

Applications are due on Monday and are available here. The forms also available at the City Council office at Spokane City Hall, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.

Listen to Shogan’s sharp words for his City Council colleagues

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Shogan defends tab tax

Council President Joe Shogan took the lead this year on the plan to create a vehicle tab tax while others on Spokane City Council examined other ideas — including a parking lot tax. Shogan’s plan is pretty much the only tax left that might be used to help balance the 2011 budget. But it’s facing growing opposition on the council.

Three council members were especially angered by the surprise vote to move $1.5 million of street money to the city’s rainy-day fund where it could be used to help fund the fire and police budgets. That proposal wasn’t publicly vetted until Monday, just before the money was shifted in a 4-3 vote. In the audio clip, Rush is explaining that that vote makes it highly unlikely that he would support a tab tax for the 2011 budget. That, along with arguments from Corker in favor of moving a tab tax vote to January, prompted Shogan’s harsh response.

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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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