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Audio: City Council candidates Mike Allen, Jon Snyder debate

Mike Allen, left, and Jon Snyder are running for the south Spokane City Council seat. (FILE / The Spokesman-Review)
Mike Allen, left, and Jon Snyder are running for the south Spokane City Council seat. (FILE / The Spokesman-Review)
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Spokane City Councilman Mike Allen and his challenger in the 2009 election, Out There Monthly publisher Jon Snyder, joined reporter Jonathan Brunt in The Spokesman-Review newsroom Sept. 8 for an informal debate. Click here to listen to the full debate (about an hour) or use the headings below to listen to the candidates respond to questions on specific questions. Clicking a link will open an audio player; use the back button to return to this page.
Introductions
Jon Snyder Mike Allen
Budget and revenue
The budget is one of the biggest issues facing Spokane in the next few years. How would you handle a budget shortfall in 2011? Mike Allen Jon Snyder How would you have voted on the city unions contract? Jon Snyder Mike Allen (discussing his vote against the contract). Should Spokane consider a business and occupation tax to reduce utility taxes? Mike Allen Jon Snyder
Transportation and streets
Please rank these transportation funding issues in order of importance: improving, local streets, finishing the north Spokane freeway and developing light rail. Mike Allen and Jon Snyder Is the street bond passed by voters enough, or should there be another funding source? Jon Snyder Mike Allen Is it time to think about shifting priority to light rail from the north Spokane freeway? Mike Allen Jon Snyder
Southgate commercial development
Why did you vote in favor of this development amid neighborhood opposition? Mike Allen Stance on demand for big box development on South Hill? Jon Snyder Followup exchange between Allen and Snyder How do you judge when to allow a business into a neighborhood? Jon Snyder Mike Allen
Emergency response times
Is it time for the city to change how it does business to require quicker emergency response times? Do you support having Fire Department provide ambulance service? Jon Snyder Mike Allen
Environment
Do you support watering restrictions? Mike Allen Jon Snyder Talk about concerns that making city’s sustainability plan advisory waters it down. “>Mike Allen Jon Snyder
Sign ordinance
How do you feel about the city’s revised sign ordinance and the one-second change rule for digital signs? Jon Snyder Mike Allen
Envision Spokane / Proposition 4
Jon Snyder Mike Allen
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