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  • Tax in Spokane on movies, events could soon pay for art

    Art in Spokane may soon get some new patrons: film junkies, Zags fans and concertgoers. Under a proposal by City Council President Ben Stuckart, arts funding would jump from $80,000 …


  • Councilman challenges Spokane’s borrowing from investment fund

    Quick growth in Spokane’s collection of investments, and a predilection by city leaders to dip into the investment pool to fund one-time projects, has led at least one Spokane City …


  • Cost of repairing bridges in Riverfront Park put at $13.5 million

    For many years in Spokane’s early history as a city, the Howard Street bridges were the only way to get across the Spokane River, not counting wading, swimming or taking …


  • City tax audit on phone companies finds $700K gain

    An ongoing audit of taxes paid by telephone companies operating in Spokane has turned up $700,000 in unexpected funds for the city, including more than $500,000 in unpaid taxes, interest …


  • Success with 10-year bond drives Spokane levy for streets

    If there’s one thing Jim West would want to be remembered for, it’s probably pavement. In his race to become Spokane’s mayor in 2003, West promised to remake the city’s …


  • Audit faults city’s grant handling

    For the second year in a row, Spokane administrators committed several violations of rules for handling federal money, a state audit has found. In response, some Spokane City Council members …


  • Spokane city budget proposal boosts police resources

    A second police precinct, a steady stream of newly trained officers and a race to the deadline for a cleaner Spokane River dominates Mayor David Condon’s 2015 budget proposal, which …


  • 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 …


  • Spokane erred in handling grant money

    Investigators have discovered a number of mistakes in how Spokane receives and handles federal grant money, leading the city’s finance director to say the findings “could impact our ability to …


  • Playfair Commerce Park evolves from racetrack roots

    The only monuments to Playfair Commerce Park’s past are two stone slabs topped by metal silhouettes of horses, their crouched riders guiding them toward the finish line. The business park …


  • Proposed city budget contains some raises

    At the same time he has proposed eliminating 100 jobs, Spokane Mayor David Condon is calling for big raises in the 2013 budget for administrators in the city’s finance division. …


  • Condon fires city treasurer

    Spokane Mayor David Condon on Wednesday fired another high-ranking administrator. Ellen Hung, the city’s treasurer, was told Wednesday that she will be terminated, said Spokane’s Chief Financial Officer Gavin Cooley.


  • Spokane’s risk management strategy under fire

    The City of Spokane may sever its contract with its risk management firm following allegations that the firm pressured police and a city employee to hide potentially incriminating details surrounding …


  • City using contractors to help clear the streets

    Spokane’s decision to call in private grader operators to help clear roads adds an extra financial burden in an already cash-strapped year. But officials say the need to maintain passable …


  • State panel clears Cooley in case centering on use of CPA title

    The state Board of Accountancy has cleared Spokane’s Chief Financial Officer Gavin Cooley of falsely labeling himself a certified public accountant. In a letter to Cooley, Rick Sweeney, the executive …


  • Guild, city of Spokane spar over layoffs

    Spokane Police Guild leaders this week sent a strong message to Mayor Mary Verner: We dare you. In a letter received by Verner on Thursday, Guild President Ernie Wuthrich warned …


  • City layoff list puts 120 workers at risk

    Spokane administrators next week will inform about 120 workers that they will lose their jobs by the end of the year. Some could be demoted but remain on the city …


  • Parking tax debate turns to growth

    It could cost more to park in private lots in central Spokane if city leaders get behind ideas to tax downtown lots. The parking tax concept is in flux, with …


  • State probe targets city CFO

    The State Board of Accountancy is investigating Spokane’s chief financial officer, Gavin Cooley, because of a city Web site that listed him as a certified public accountant, his former designation. …


  • State investigates city of Spokane Web site

    The State Board of Accountancy is investigating a city Web site that mistakenly listed Spokane’s chief financial officer, Gavin Cooley, as a certified public accountant.


  • Officials hail city’s improved bond rating

    Spokane Mayor Mary Verner said Friday she’s confident the city will maintain its new higher bond rating despite dire 2010 budget projections. Standard & Poor’s informed the city this week …


  • Audit finds oversight problems

    State auditors have found “significant deficiencies” in the city of Spokane’s oversight of federal money, according to a report released this week. In the audit, the state questioned more than …


  • City offers unions grim alternatives

    City and union leaders talk a lot about cooperation and communication these days. But as time inches closer to deciding how to cut $7 million from Spokane’s 2010 budget, employee …


  • Police ponder budget reductions for 2010

    Spokane police were told Thursday to begin thinking creatively about spending cuts next year that could top $2 million. Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick, Mayor Mary Verner and Chief Financial Officer …


  • 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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