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  • Spokane Valley City Council rejects funding plan

    The City Council said Spokane Valley events and facilities should receive more money from lodging taxes and rejected Tuesday an advisory committee’s recommendations on how the funds should be allocated. …


  • Lodging Tax Advisory Committee funds distributes funds

    After years of sometimes acrimonious debate, the Spokane Valley City Council seemed pleased by the recent funding recommendations made by the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee. The council voted unanimously Tuesday …


  • Spokane Valley council crafts proposal to address barista wear

    The Spokane Valley City Council seemed pleased Tuesday with a proposed ordinance crafted to address topless baristas at a coffee shop just two doors down from City Hall. The council …


  • Painted Hills purchase still being considered

    Spokane Valley City Council members were tight-lipped about their intentions Tuesday after hearing a short presentation on the possible purchase of the Painted Hills Golf Course. It will be sold …


  • Valley City Council wants input on lodging tax disbursement

    Even though their power has been taken away, the Spokane Valley City Council still wants to have a say in deciding which organizations and groups are awarded funding from the …


  • State gives power to lodging tax committee

    Members of the Spokane Valley City Council didn’t react positively Tuesday to recent changes made by the state Legislature to laws governing the distribution of lodging tax money. The change …


  • Spokane Valley council watching state on lodging taxes

    Lodging tax funds were a focal point of the Spokane Valley City Council’s winter retreat on Tuesday. A clause in state law that allows lodging tax money to be spent …


  • Lodging tax funds allotted

    The Liberty Lake City Council gave seven local organizations a total of $70,000 in lodging tax funds. The organizations applied for the funds in November. The funds are collected from …


  • Council divvies lodging tax funds

    The Spokane Valley City Council had an extra $50,000 to dole out Tuesday as members decided how to allocate the city’s lodging tax funds. City finance director Mark Calhoun announced …


  • Grassel moving out of city, resigns from council

    Spokane Valley City Councilwoman Brenda Grassel announced at the end of Tuesday’s meeting that she is resigning her position on the council effective Dec. 31 because she is moving outside …


  • Valleyfest eyes lodging tax money

    Once again, Valleyfest director Peggy Doering is waiting to hear whether her organization will receive any of Spokane Valley’s lodging tax funding. Valleyfest asked for $40,000 from lodging taxes for …


  • Council starts money allocation talks

    Spokane Valley Mayor Tom Towey suggested a new formula for allocating city money to economic development and social service agencies at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. Towey recommended not giving any …


  • Budget process moves along

    The Spokane Valley City Council on Tuesday took another look at the proposed 2013 city budget. And while a hearing on the subject didn’t draw any comments from the public, …


  • Valleyfest offered funds to not apply for lodging tax funding

    The ongoing debate over the failure of Spokane Valley to provide lodging tax funding to Valleyfest this year took a twist during Tuesday’s City Council meeting when a councilman revealed …


  • Council rejects Valleyfest request for lodging tax money

    Valleyfest director Peggy Doering is worried about securing community sponsors for the annual three-day festival after the Spokane Valley City Council recently decided not to give the festival lodging tax …


  • Council divided on use of lodging tax

    Some Spokane Valley City Council members were displeased by the allocations of the city’s lodging tax money recommended by the Lodging Tax Committee. The committee includes two representatives of area …


  • Five Lodging Tax Advisory fund recipients named

    Some close split decisions marked the Spokane Valley City Council meeting Tuesday as council members took a stand on whether to retain longtime community volunteer Peggy Doering on a city …


  • Spokane Valley Council looks at contracts

    The Spokane Valley City Council dealt quickly and efficiently with a lengthy agenda Tuesday night during the first council meeting since mid-November. Public works director Neil Kersten gave presentations to …

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