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Boyle deserves term on sewer board

Frank Boyle has done an outstanding job as Liberty Lake sewer commissioner. We are lucky to have him looking out for all of us in the district, city and county folk alike. We need to re-elect Frank so he can keep on keeping on. Replacing Frank would be plumb crazy.

Kerry Masters

Liberty Lake

Budget played role in GOP endorsement

Republicans of Spokane County voted at their last meeting to endorse incumbents Rich Munson, Diana Wilhite and Ian Robertson in the upcoming Spokane Valley Council election, citing “experience and fiscal responsibility” as prevailing reasons.

With the city of Spokane Valley showing a balanced budget, efforts to retain the council members who have largely been responsible for those decisions was a decisive argument. Other reasons centered on direction for growth in the City of Spokane Valley and positive efforts to mend the rift between builders/developers and the city.

The future of the Sprague/Appleway couplet and a new City Hall were also discussed. The Republicans wished for an emphasis on lower property taxes and the good of the people of the city of Spokane Valley.

Craig Eggleston

Chair, Spokane County Republicans

Vote for candidates who listen to the people

I hope everyone has followed reports in the Valley Voice on the actions taken by our current Spokane Valley City Council and its vision for our city. The Voice has reported from public hearings that a large majority of public comments have opposed this vision. After one meeting the Voice reporter cited over 80 percent of those who commented were against the council’s plan. I hope you read the letter from Don Sauve in the October 1 Voice. He found that from nearly 700 entries on the city Web site, over 80 percent were opposed to this plan.

Still, five members of this City Council voted in favor of the plan. I feel that public officials should listen to the people who elected them. This has not been done by this Council.

Can we afford more taxes, maximum taxes on our property, continued fighting with the Spokane County officials and expensive plans such as the Sprague Appleway Revitalization Plan? Also, please notice in the interviews with the candidates that have been printed how the incumbents seem to speak about this “vision” but almost never mention serving the public while their challengers seem to be focused on serving the voters.

Consider these factors and cast your vote for Brenda Grassel, Dean Grafos, Tom Towey, Bob McCaslin and Gary Schimmels

Bill Behrens

Spokane Valley

Consultants made money in Valley

Some of the money that the Spokane Valley City Council has spent was not obvious to the citizens until after it had been spent. Here are some facts

Fact: $126,000 spent for a consultant firm to study the sheriff’s department, plus $24,000 for “forensic accounting.” We already have a good deal with the county as well a good law enforcement.

Fact: $920,000 plus $90,073.72 plus $120,000 plus $65,000 equals $1,195,073.72. Think what the consultants got from that. Millions have been spent for consultants to study snow plowing as well as for drivers, salaries, vacation, sick leave retirement, land equipment, and buildings.

Fact: The SARP program cost over $750,000 in consultant fees plus an unspecified amount of money on studies.

Fact: An unspecified amount of money has been spent for studies on construction of a new city hall, including architect fees, although we own no land on which to build.

Fact: The consultant groups which have been paid are out of Spokane County, and many are out of state. The city council must think that no one in the Valley is smart enough to do this work.

Please consider Mr. McCaslin, Mr. Grafos, Ms. Grassel, Mr. Towey and Mr. Schimmels for council.

John Howard

Spokane Valley

Positive candidates deserve a vote

Most of what I hear from individuals running to unseat incumbent members of the Spokane Valley City Council is negative.

Mayor Munson, council members Diana Wilhite and Ian Robertson are running positive campaigns. They have led the city forward with sound fiscal policies – policies that have made the city of Spokane Valley economically enviable to leaders of SpokaneCounty and the city of Spokane.

As you fill out your ballots please remember that experience matters. Vote for Robertson, Wilhite and Munson.

Philip L. Rudy

Spokane

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