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Lodging tax, street revenue on agenda

The agenda for tonight's Spokane Valley City Council meeting is so full, I won't be the least bit surprised to be sitting there for more than four hours. There are a couple of items that are sure to generate a lot of discussion, including a vote on awarding the second round of lodging tax money. The first round didn't see any going to Valleyfest, a first since the city incorporated. A majority of the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee members have recommended against giving Valleyfest any fuding in the second round as well, but the council has the final say.

The council is also set to have a discussion on how to pay for the estimated annual $11 million shortfall in street preservation funding. The shortfall has continued to grow in recent years as funding hasn't kept up. Several council members have said openly that they don't believe it is possible to fund the entire shortfall.

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Nina Culver
Nina Culver is a correspondent covering The Spokesman-Review Christmas Fund for 2017.

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