Proposition 3 is a levy lid lift that would increase property taxes by 7 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value. (That’s $7 for a $100,000 property.) The tax would be used to prevent the closure of branch libraries and likely will be used to also increase hours at the city’s three neighborhood library branches from 22 1/2 hours a week to 40 hours a week.
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Proposition 1 would establish within the City Charter a Police Ombudsman Office with the authority to independently investigate alleged police misconduct. It also would create a Police Ombudsman Commission.
Proposition 2 would amend the Spokane City Charter to increase the threshold in City Council votes needed to increase taxes to five of seven votes, up from four.
Proposition 1 would establish a contract with Spokane County Sheriff’s Office and the town of Rockford. The levy would increase property tax by $1.43 per $1,000 assessed value of the home and would raise about $33,000. If approved, law enforcement services would begin in 2014.
A new performing arts center, athletic facility and building renovations are some of the items East Valley School District hopes for with a bond proposal that seeks $65 million over 25 years. The bond would raise property tax by about $1.35 per $1,000 assessed value. That’s about $202.50 for a $150,000 house annually.
Orchard Prairie School District’s proposed levy of $105,000 would maintain the same level of voters taxes approved in 2011 and would fund school operations and finance maintenance. Homeowners would continue to pay $1.35 per $1,000, or $202.50 for a $150,000 house, for two years.
Newman Lake Fire and Rescue replacement emergency medical services levy would renew the existing levy that collects .50 cents per $1,000 in assessed home value. The levy rate does not change from its prior vote in 2011.