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Spokane approves property tax hikes for police, fire departments

Spokane leaders have promised to take an annual 1 percent property tax increase through 2016 to help fund $26 million worth of new vehicles and equipment for the fire and …


Newman Lake district to float bond to replace old fire station

Newman Lake Fire and Rescue Fire Chief Keith Yamane is hoping that the housing and job markets have recovered enough for his district to take another shot at passing a …


Parking hot issue in 14th Avenue restoration

The city of Spokane is getting ready to renovate 14th Avenue from Monroe Street to Grand Boulevard. The renovation is one of the street projects paid for by the 10-year …


Plan calls for hike in Washington gas tax

OLYMPIA, Wash. – House Democrats unveiled a transportation revenue package Wednesday that would raise $9.8 billion over the next decade with the help of a 10-cent bump in the gas …


Group sends mailer opposing EV school bond

Citizens for Responsible Taxation mailed fliers this week targeting the $65 million East Valley School District bond on the ballot in Tuesday’s special election. The bond would pay to renovate …


WSU, UW could expand investments if bill passes

A constitutional amendment on this year’s ballot could help Washington State University earn a little more investment income in the future. If approved, Senate Joint Resolution 8223 would allow WSU …


Sprague-Appleway couplet fate heads to ballot

After lengthy debate Monday, the Spokane Valley City Council voted 5-2 to put the conversion of one-way Sprague Avenue and Appleway Boulevard between Argonne and University roads on the November …


Sprague ballot plan gets mixed reception

The proposal to add one-way Sprague Avenue to the November ballot got mixed reviews at Tuesday’s Spokane Valley City Council meeting, with most council members for it and two members …


Funds needed to run new jail

A new Spokane County jail may require two public votes: one for bonds to build it and another for a sales tax increase to operate it. “I think we have …


Districts prepare to build

Plans to build new schools or add new classrooms are moving ahead on the West Plains. It’s a busy time for the school districts after voters approved bonds in Cheney …


Medical Lake to vote on school bond

Voters in the Medical Lake School District will decide in February whether to approve a 20-year, $15.6 million bond that would add classrooms and other improvements to two schools and …


Technically, bonds would be new, not renewed

Campaign yard signs for ballot measures proposed by Spokane Public Schools say one way the public can “Vote Yes for Kids” on March 10 is to renew the bonds. But …


East Valley school bond fails

The third time was not the charm for the East Valley School District. The district’s most recent construction bond measure appears headed toward failure, leaving the district unsure how it’ll …


E.V. hopes third try will pass school bond

East Valley is hoping the third time is the charm as the school district makes a third attempt to pass a construction bond. The bond will be on the Feb. …


Post Falls Schools Hope Third Time A Charm District Officials Believe They Have Proposals That Will Please Voters After 2 Previous Defeats

Post Falls High School students use one of their gymnasiums as a second cafeteria to ease overcrowding. Photo by Craig Buck/The Spokesman-Review


Absentee Ballots Fail To Save Kettle Falls School Bond Effort

Absentee ballots had no effect on a Kettle Falls school bond measure when they were counted Friday. The $425,000 bond proposal still was just shy of the necessary 60 percent …


Initial Vote Indicates Liberty Voters Nix Bond Proposal

For the seventh time in three years, voters in the Liberty School District apparently have rejected a construction bond issue to house growing enrollment. The latest proposal included a new …


Two-Thirds Rule Called Unfair, Indispensable

It’s not fair, says Linda Holehan, a mother involved in a third campaign to replace her town’s overcrowded high school. It’s a godsend, counters Dee Lawless, who fears people are …


Bond Backers Call In The Pros Political Experts Help Schools Meet Supermajority Requirements

Getting out the message. Supporters of the Post Falls bond issues make a television commercial under the direction of Jim Duram of Century Communications. Photo by Craig Buck/The Spokesman-Review