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UPDATED: Wed., July 12, 2017, 10:51 p.m.

Facing $10 million budget shortfall, Spokane County voters to decide on property tax increase

Spokane County voters will decide in November whether to raise property taxes, a decision that may help fill holes in the county budget or result in a reduction of services.


Spokane libraries merit continued voter support

The levy has allowed Spokane libraries to adapt to the information needs of a modern society and forestall painful cuts in services and hours.


Appeals court: Spokane can’t exempt veterans or poor seniors from street tax

The City of Spokane’s attempt not to raise taxes on roughly 4,700 property owners who are elderly and disabled military veterans was shot down by a divided Court of Appeals …


City of Spokane wins ruling on vow of no tax boost

The promise made by city leaders of no new taxes stemming from passage of a road construction ballot measure last November received a boost from a Spokane County judge last …


Editorial: Levy issue resolution worth going to courts, Legislature

Not often do you see public officials distracted by property tax increases on the order of $22, but a possible misinterpretation of Washington law that provides tax breaks for the …


Library tax could be on ballot

Spokane voters in February may get a chance to save the city’s small library branches and substantially increase branch hours. Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart is proposing that voters …


City may tap ‘Photo Red’ money for general fund

Spokane Mayor Mary Verner gave a preview Wednesday of a 2012 budget she says would be painless for residents who obey the law. Verner proposed to close a tentative $6.6 …


Council approves tab tax

The Spokane City Council on Monday approved one new tax and delayed a decision on another. The council voted 4-3 for a $20-a-year tax on vehicles registered in Spokane, capping …


A boost for books

Hoping to head off a new round of library closure talks or further cuts to branch hours, the Spokane Public Library is asking city leaders to sponsor a property tax …


Property tax hike proposed to fund city libraries

Hoping to head off a new round of library closure talks or further cuts to branch hours, the Spokane Public Library is asking city leaders to sponsor a property tax …


Verner says new taxes not an option

Spokane Mayor Mary Verner says she’s not considering new taxes to bail the city out of its $10 million hole for 2011. City leaders will present a preliminary budget plan …


Fire District 8 asks voters for funds

Residents of suburban areas south of Spokane Valley will vote April 22 on a Fire District 8 request for money to improve service. Fire commissioners want voters to lift the …