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Spokane County sales tax renewal passes

Tue., Aug. 18, 2009, 8:23 p.m.

Spokane County residents overwhelmingly agreed to continue paying an extra penny on each $10 purchase to help pay for law enforcement costs.

A ballot measure to extend a sales tax being collected since 2004 was approved by about 61 percent of the votes tallied Tuesday night. While thousands of ballots are likely still in the mail and won’t be fully counted before next week, the approval margin is so large that county officials could easily claim victory.

“It is a relief,” said Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich, who campaigned hard for the measure that helps pay for some of his deputies and jailers. “I really appreciate the citizens of Spokane County for being educated on the issues.”

While there was no organized opposition to the ballot measure, which will raise an estimated $7 million per year for the next 10 years, Knezovich said he did talk to individuals who were against it. The biggest complaint was that elected officials haven’t always done what they promised with money raised for law enforcement programs. He had to work to assure voters that elected officials have learned the importance of maintaining public trust.

Updated at 4:25 p.m. Aug. 19, 2009

Spokane County public safety tax
Yes48,593 / 61.50%
No30,420 / 38.50%

Other races

Spokane CountyFire Dist. 4 property tax levy
Approved3,247 / 42.89%
Rejected4,324 / 57.11%
City of CheneyMayor
Tom Trulove607 / 44.47%
C. Allan Gainer404 / 29.6%
Curt Huff354 / 25.93%
Council Position 3
Kathleen A. Warren274 / 21.36%
Jason MH Alvarado253 / 19.72%
Mike McKeehan756 / 58.92%
City of Medical LakeMayor
Laura L. Parsons134 / 15.06%
Mikeal Suniga125 / 14.04%
Tony Harbolt94 / 10.56%
John Higgins537 / 60.34%
Town of FairfieldMayor
Michael J. VanSlyke12 / 7.59%
Edward Huber123 / 77.85%
Ron Rogers23 / 14.56%
Town of RockfordCouncil Position 1
Larry Van Every21 / 16.67%
Howard Brutschy36 / 28.57%
Stan Seehorn69 / 54.76%
Spokane schoolsPosition 3
Heidi Olson7,857 / 30.67%
Jeff Bierman10,227 / 39.93%
Deana Brower7,531 / 29.4%
Position 4
Rocky Treppiedi10,958 / 41.53%
Laura Carder9,347 / 35.43%
Austin DePaolo6,080 / 23.04%
East Valley schoolsDistrict 3 director
Bill Powers605 / 20.68%
Kay Sieck638 / 21.81%
Guy Gifford543 / 18.56%
Heidi Gillingham1,139 / 38.94%
Freeman School DistrictDistrict 1 director
John Zingg339 / 38%
Allen Crist406 / 45.52%
Hal Ophus147 / 16.48%



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