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Spokane City Council, school board will meet Wednesday to discuss downtown stadium, bond projects

UPDATED: Thu., July 26, 2018, 5:47 p.m.

Dropping your ballot off in a ballot box seems to take all the fun out of voting at a public place, says columnist Paul Turner. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)
Dropping your ballot off in a ballot box seems to take all the fun out of voting at a public place, says columnist Paul Turner. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Representatives of Spokane City Hall and Spokane Public Schools will meet Wednesday night to determine what they’ll ask of citizens in planned November bond measures.

A joint meeting between the City Council and school board will begin at 7 p.m. in the Centennial Ballrooms 300 C/D at the Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. The panels are expected to finalize the language of ballot requests for more than $600 million in funds that would allow for construction of three new middle schools, three new public libraries, renovation of existing schools and libraries, and a new stadium to replace the aging Joe Albi facility in northwest Spokane.

A sticking point in the joint bond proposals from the city and schools has been whether the new stadium should be built downtown, which would add $10 million to the price tag requested of citizens. Local taxes for schools are expected to decline by $2.20 per $1,000 of assessed property value in 2019 as part of state changes to the way public education is funded, and the city and schools are asking for $1.10 of that money, with the other $1.10 being returned to the taxpayer.

Public testimony will be taken at the meeting. The Spokane City Council is expected to discuss its share of the bonds at its weekly legislative meeting at 6 p.m. Monday in City Hall, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.


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