Occupation: Recycling equipment manufacturer
On this race: Hissong, 64, is completing his first term following three years served on the council in the 1990s. He defends the 2 percent tax increase, saying the recession will eventually end and “we need to have the same city we started with.” He said most citizens will pay an extra $8.50 for a year and that will save things like public safety and snowplowing. That said, in his next term, he wants to examine every department to see how privatization could benefit the city without deteriorating it. He’d also like to complete a citizen survey to help guide future goals. He identifies the needed permit from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for Post Falls’ discharging into the Spokane River as a top priority. Hissong said his extensive public involvement, including coaching soccer, helping found Post Falls Volunteers and working with the American Legion, helps keep him informed about citizen concerns.