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Spin Control

Tucker: Not just ‘No’

Prosecutor Steve Tucker and Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich made their best pitches for some wiggle room on budget cuts Tuesday night. Maybe dip into the budget reserve, or borrow from money set aside for streets. After all, what good are streets if they aren't safe to drive on. How much rainier does it have to get before you use the rainy day fund?

County commissioners responded with praise for the work that they and their staff do.

And no to any give on the budget cuts, or using the budget reserve, which would lower the bond rating and up the cost of borrowing money.

Sounded like a No? Tucker was asked outside the hearing room as TV cameras were set up.

"Sounded like a no -- and a lecture on tax policy" Tucker replied.



The Spokesman-Review's political team keeps a critical eye on local, state and national politics.