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  • Spokane County still mulling jail options

    Spokane County commissioners are still exploring options as they prepare to take final testimony on proposed jail sites. A public hearing Wednesday will focus on a study that says, if …


  • 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 …


  • Spokane County seeks park restroom solution

    A cost-cutting plan to leave restrooms locked at seven Spokane County parks this summer is getting a second look. Restroom service is to be eliminated this summer at seven county …


  • Costs for new Spokane County jail confirmed

    A new cost analysis confirmed what preliminary estimates had already shown: A new Spokane County jail would be cheaper to build on undeveloped West Plains land but would be cheaper …


  • Planning urged to control land use around Fairchild

    Fairchild Air Force Base needs civilian protection to survive, local government officials were told this week. Spokane County officials asked leaders in Airway Heights, Spokane and Medical Lake to join …


  • County OKs rural cluster changes, kid-free development

    Spokane County commissioners on Tuesday completed a two-year overhaul of controversial “rural cluster development” standards. The action rounds out a package of reforms designed to make the relatively dense subdivisions …


  • County gives city time on YMCA debt

    Spokane County leaders Tuesday expressed frustration with Spokane City Council’s vague response to their offer to pay off the city’s debt on its purchase of the downtown YMCA. After two …


  • Swim budget drying up

    Spokane County may close Holmberg Park swimming pool next year because of budget problems. The pool, which is the county park system’s oldest, has the lowest attendance and the highest …


  • Sales tax extension will go to voters

    Facing a growing budget shortfall now estimated at $11.7 million, Spokane County commissioners Tuesday endorsed an extension of a small hike in the local sales tax for law enforcement and …


  • County, city at odds over plan for YMCA

    County commissioners are balking at changes Spokane city officials want to make to a plan to buy the YMCA building in Riverfront Park partly with taxpayers’ money. Commissioners told city …


  • Trip-reduction tax rebate sought

    The Spokane County Commission voted Tuesday to waive normal bidding procedures and contract with the former chairman of the county Republican Party to provide guidance in helping the county secure …


  • Spokane County skips bid process in seeking rebate

    The Spokane County Commission voted Tuesday to waive normal bidding procedures and contract with the former Republican chairman of Spokane County to provide guidance in helping the county secure a …


  • County salaries don’t feel the pinch

    Weeks after the elimination of the equivalent of 26 jobs, some question why Spokane County continues to give automatic raises to some of its highest paid officials and employees. Gordon …


  • County to pay $750,000 in land-use case

    Spokane County will pay the owners of a restaurant and market north of Mead $750,000 to settle a lawsuit. County commissioners voted unanimously on Tuesday to approve the agreement with …


  • Officials in no rush to boost levies

    Cities, counties and other government entities that rely on property taxes could raise their levies by 6 percent in the wake of a state Supreme Court ruling striking down a …

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