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Sunday, May 31, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Cheney Proposition 1

Proposal: Extra funding would be used to pay for public safety, including a new police officer and a new fire truck. City officials say dwindling state revenue have chipped away at the city’s budget over the past few years. That’s led to cuts in public safety. City officials say that police officers are working alone on some shifts, which puts them in danger and makes it more difficult for them to respond to complicated calls. They also say that a 19 year old fire truck needs to be replaced, along with firefighter protective equipment. If the proposition doesn’t pass, city official say further cuts to police and fire are likely. Currently, 14 officers work for the police department, including the chief. “We provide, in my opinion, one of the highest levels of service in police and fire out of this region. To continue to be able to do that, we need appropriate funding for our police and fire departments,” said city administrator Mark Schuller.

Tax impact on property owners: If passed, the proposition would raise the city’s maximum property tax levy from $2.40 to $3.10 per $1,000 of property value. That’s an increase of 70 cents per $1,000 property value, which would increase the tax by $104 per year for the owner of a $150,000 property.

Total Collected Per Year: Approximately $410,000

Number Of Years: Permanent increase.

Vote requirement: Needs 50 percent support to pass

Election results

Option Votes Pct
Yes 592 58.73%
No 416 41.27%