Spokane County, Measure 1
Spokane County Measure 1 seeks a property tax increase to provide a new regional animal shelter big enough to accommodate the city of Spokane’s request for service.
If approved by voters countywide, a property tax levy up to 5.8 cents per $1,000 of assessed value for a maximum of nine years.
That would raise an estimated $15 million, enough to acquire land and build a brand new Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service shelter. However, officials expect to complete the job for $10 million by renovating an existing building.
If the lower cost can be achieved, the ballot measure will require county commissioners to reduce the levy amount, shorten its term or both.
Commissioner Todd Mielke said, even if full amount is necessary, the cost for the owner of an average-priced single-family residence – around $175,300 – would be an estimated 83 cents a month.
The measure requires a simple majority to pass.
Even without Spokane as a customer, county officials say, a new shelter is needed to meet the growing requirements of existing users: residents of Spokane Valley, Cheney, Millwood, Liberty Lake and unincorporated areas.
SCRAPS Director Nancy Hill said the current shelter, at 2521 N. Flora Road, is poorly located, too small for current needs and impossible to expand because it is between railroad tracks and a gravel pit.
Spokane asked to join the SCRAPS coalition after its provider, SpokAnimal C.A.R.E., said it wanted to get out of the animal-control business. SpokAnimal directors now say they would like to retain the city contract.
Mike Shannon of the Spokane County 911 emergency system was working on a north Spokane street on Thursday, collecting geo-positioning data for the homes there. His work is part of an ongoing upgrade of the 911 communications system.
Voters might notice a change in this month’s levy election ballot envelopes, and some may not like what they see. Spokane County is using new ballot return envelopes that eliminate a flap of paper that previously covered voter signatures.
A real-time tracking system for Spokane County snowplows got a big test two weeks ago when 10 inches of snow blanketed the area over two days. The county is testing the digitized system that will tell the public which of its 2,500 miles of roads have been plowed during and after winter storms.
Spokane County Commissioner Todd Mielke testified earlier this month in favor of a bill that would charge a $400 fee to citizens who appeal local land-use decisions to the state’s Growth Management Hearings Board. Mielke, a Republican, said he isn’t necessarily in favor of the fee but wants to stop appeals by people who are not directly affected by land-use changes under the state’s Growth Management Act.
Former Spokane County Commissioner John Roskelley said Thursday he’s ready to take his old job back. Roskelley, a Democrat, announced this week that he is running for county commissioner in District 1, which covers the North Side of Spokane and northern parts of the county.
Former Spokane County Commissioner John Roskelley said he’s ready to take his old job back.
A recall petition against Spokane County Prosecuting Attorney Steve Tucker was dismissed on Friday by a visiting Superior Court judge. Judge Craig Matheson, of Benton and Franklin counties, said four recall charges drafted by Shannon Sullivan were insufficient and that one of the four lacked a basis of knowledge.
First real day on the job and Mayor David Condon makes noises about fulfilling his campaign promise to restore the public’s faith in the Spokane Police Department. Folks, I’m worried.
Animal control officers wore white hazardous material suits as they worked to remove potentially dozens of cats from a Spokane home Wednesday. The couple who live at the residence, located on the 4000 block of North Addison Street, told SpokAnimal C.A.R.E. they have 39 cats. Officers had removed 20 cats as of Wednesday evening.
Now all David Condon has to do is wait. After a year of researching, campaigning, debating and fundraising in what some thought was a long-shot bid to become mayor of the second-largest city in Washington, Condon took the final step required by law to take office. He took the oath to become Spokane’s 44th mayor Friday morning in a short ceremony in front of the Clocktower at Riverfront Park.
Two Spokane-based environmental organizations have filed an appeal against Spokane County’s new $173 million wastewater treatment plant in east Spokane. The local Sierra Club and the Center for Environmental Law & Policy want the state Pollution Control Hearings Board to invalidate the state permit allowing the plant to operate.
Starting this month, when residents of nine Spokane County precincts call their commissioner, they can call him Al. Not Todd or Mark.
Spokane County road crew workers want to keep pulling stranded motorists from snowy ditches despite fears by the county’s risk manager that the practice puts the county in jeopardy for possible claims or lawsuits. “We are not emergency responders,” Risk Manager Steve Bartel told county commissioners last week.
Spokane City Councilman Richard Rush said Saturday he has decided against paying for a hand recount in his race against Mike Allen. Rush said that after further consideration of the results of the machine recount, as well as the hand recount that was completed in the 4th Legislative District Senate race last week, he decided it was highly unlikely that a hand recount would change the outcome of his race.
Spokane City Councilman Richard Rush said this afternoon that he has decided against paying for a hand recount in his race against Mike Allen. Rush said after further consideration of the results of the machiine recount, as well as the hand recount that was completed…
Spokane County will stand behind two sheriff’s deputies who broke a Spokane Valley man’s rib and punctured his lung when they were dispatched to help him in September 2009. County commissioners voted this week to defend Deputies Glen Hinckley and Walter Loucks in a federal civil rights lawsuit and pay any punitive damages, which aren’t automatically covered under the county’s liability insurance.
Mike Allen’s lead over Richard Rush grew by three votes, to 91, on Wednesday after a recount in the Spokane City Council election for the city’s south district. But the race still isn’t over.
The Spokane historic preservation office will get only $5,000 from Spokane County in the $136.6 million 2012 budget county commissioners adopted Wednesday. The county has given $20,000 a year to the office since at least 2009, but will shift $15,000 to the Fox Theater next year. The money will reduce a multiyear county pledge to help restore the landmark theater as a regional performing arts venue.
Former Councilman Mike Allen’s lead over incumbent Richard Rush grew by three to 91 on Wednesday after a recount of the Spokane City Council election for the city’s south district. The race was recounted by machine because the result from the first count was within…
The final outcome of the City Council race for a seat representing south Spokane won’t be decided until next week. That’s when the Spokane County Election’s Office will recount ballots in a contest so close that state law required a second examination. Former Councilman Mike…