Valley Voters Reject Incorporation Again 41 Percent In Favor Of Plan, 59 Percent Voted Against
For the third time in six years, Spokane Valley incorporation supporters lost at the ballot box Tuesday.
Voters turned down the latest proposal, which would have formed a new city of 73,000 in growing suburbs east of Spokane.
The area would have been Washington’s seventh-largest city.
With 100 percent of precincts reporting, 6,266 voters, or 41 percent, cast votes in favor of incorporation, while 8,922, or 59 percent, voted against it. The measure needed a simple majority to pass.
Only people within the proposed city’s boundaries were eligible to vote.
A 1990 proposal to incorporate gained 33 percent approval, while a second measure won 44 percent last year.
Members of the group Citizens for Valley Incorporation, which has led all three incorporation drives, argued a city government would give Spokane Valley residents greater political autonomy and improve public services. They said valley residents have little voice in a county of 385,000 citizens.
Incorporation opponents said the move would increase taxes, divide neighborhoods and create an unnecessary additional layer of government.