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  • Rush proposes end to city utility tax

    It was as if pigs had grown wings and landed on the roof of Spokane City Hall. George McGrath, a conservative, longtime follower and critic of the City Council, approached …


  • Rush forgos hand recount, concedes race

    Spokane City Councilman Richard Rush said Saturday he has decided against paying for a hand recount in his race against Mike Allen. Rush said that after further consideration of the …


  • Recounts confirm returns; hand count still to come

    Mike Allen’s lead over Richard Rush grew by three votes, to 91, on Wednesday after a recount in the Spokane City Council election for the city’s south district. But the …


  • Spokane Councilman Rush to pay for hand recount

    Spokane City Councilman Richard Rush, who trails former Councilman Mike Allen by 88 votes, submitted a check Friday to the Spokane County Elections Office for $6,240 to pay for a …


  • Vote recount will test new machines

    Spokane County election officials took advantage Thursday of an opportunity to test their vote-counting machines for free. The county Canvassing Board – Auditor Vicky Dalton, Commissioner Al French and County …


  • It’s now Spokane Mayor-Elect Condon

    David Condon, the former deputy chief of staff of Republican U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, claimed enough votes on Thursday to make any last-minute, shocking comeback by Mayor Mary Verner …


  • Conviction likely to bring changes at department

    The conviction of Officer Karl Thompson could mean a significant shift in the running and politics of the Spokane Police Department, some city officials and police accountability advocates said after …


  • Rush, Allen lock horns

    As a member of the Spokane City Council, Richard Rush hasn’t been afraid of controversy. He led the charge to create the city’s new controversial water rates, and while others …


  • City Council seat rivals weigh in on issues

    Candidates for Spokane City Council responded to 20 questions from The Spokesman-Review soon after filing to run for the office. Because only two candidates filed to run for the south …


  • Mayor renews water rate debate

    The long summer debate over water rates in Spokane apparently will extend into the fall. Spokane Mayor Mary Verner this week promised to float a new proposal on water rates …


  • Mayor promises review of Zehm case

    A hastily arranged briefing by Spokane Mayor Mary Verner on Friday announcing her desire for a complete internal and external review of the Otto Zehm controversy turned into a platform …


  • Councilwoman wants Prop 1 advisories on November ballot

    Spokane voters could get a hint from the Spokane City Council when deciding the fate of a citizens initiative on the November ballot. The City Council will consider on Monday …


  • City votes to amend Kendall Yards deal

    Tax subsidies will flow to Kendall Yards even if the developer of the 78-acre project does not seek public bids on construction of streets, sewers and other public infrastructure, as …


  • City officials want to raise water rates

    Most of Spokane’s water rates would increase by nearly 8 percent and the base rate paid by each customer would go up nearly 20 percent under a plan the City …


  • Council debates ombudsman appeal

    The Spokane City Council appears headed for a showdown over whether to appeal a decision limiting the powers of the city’s police ombudsman. The mention of a proposed ordinance accepting …


  • Q&A: Richard Rush, running for Spokane City Council seat representing South Spokane

    Richard Rush gives his positions on taxes, libraries, streets and other issues facing the city in The Spokesman-Review’s Spokane City Council candidate questionnaire. Rush, the incumbent, faces Mike Allen in …


  • Verner urges council to reject library-only tax

    A proposal to ask voters for a library tax appears unlikely to make the ballot after Mayor Mary Verner and her staff urged council members last week to consider a …


  • 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 …


  • Waste system reorganization sought

    City and county leaders tried this week to buy some time for reorganizing the Spokane Regional Solid Waste System. A committee of member governments voted 5-1 for a stopgap measure …


  • Deputy fire chief cut stirs furor

    The Spokane City Council’s decision last week to cut a deputy fire chief position has angered administrators and Mayor Mary Verner. “It was not discussed with me. It was not …


  • City vehicle tab tax in limbo

    The Spokane City Council is balking on plans to impose a new $20 tax on vehicles this year, and in a surprise move shifted money away from road plowing and …


  • City of Spokane weighs development taxes

    Potential taxes on new development approved two years ago would finally be collected under a proposal being considered by the Spokane City Council. The taxes are one-time “impact fees” paid …


  • Vestal: Worth of a library weighed

    The kids at Southeast Day Care Center likely aren’t very tuned in to the economic woes threatening their next-door neighbor, the East Side Library. But they were sure tuned in …


  • Political opposites align for sake of at-risk library

    They disagree on many – perhaps most – of the major issues of the day, but Louise Chadez and Cindy Zapotocky are united on at least one: They strongly oppose …


  • City Council delays vote on tab tax

    Motorists in Spokane soon could have to pay an extra $20 a year to license their vehicles. But a final decision on whether to impose the local tab tax was …


  • Symphony’s absence noted at annual Comstock Park fete

    Where beach chairs and blankets last Labor Day covered the grass at Comstock Park, the Cataldo Catholic School football team practiced on-side kicks. Instead of the Spokane Symphony and Rossini, …


  • City contemplates pink slips for 120

    More than 120 city employees could face pink slips at the end of the year unless city unions agree to concessions or the City Council increases taxes, officials warned Tuesday. …


  • 2nd Avenue repaving on track; lines may take time

    Second Avenue downtown will be repaved this summer as planned, but the final design may remove one of three vehicle lanes in favor of one for bicycles, city officials say. …

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