The Spokane City Council made grave warnings Monday about a proposed state initiative that would limit future increases in local government spending.
Council President Joe Shogan warned of heading “back to the Wild West.”
City Councilman Bob Apple predicted that if Initiative 1033 passes, “in a few years you just simply wouldn’t have a local government.”
Others warned of cuts to police and fire services.
After council members spent almost 40 minutes making statements against the measure, they voted unanimously in support of a resolution recommending that voters reject I-1033, which is sponsored by Tim Eyman, Jack Fagan and Spokane City Council candidate Mike Fagan.
I-1033 would limit revenue increases for cities, counties and state government to the rate of inflation plus population growth. Money above that amount would be used to reduce property taxes.
In an interview late Monday, Eyman said officials often make dire predictions about his tax-cutting initiatives but learn to live with them. He noted that I-1033 allows governments to increase revenue beyond inflation and population growth if voters agree.
“This is the most critical time to have fiscal discipline,” Eyman said.