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Spokane County Commissioners spent the last of the $91 million they were allocated in COVID-19 aid on Monday, spending their remaining funds on public health and corrections officers and law enforcement salaries.
The latest effort to fight an expansion from three to five county commissioners, a freeholder and new charter process won't go forward after two of the current county commissioners withheld support for the proposal, saying there didn't appear to be strong backing from the public.
Spokane County Commissioners authorized a new work group to study the costs of purchasing body cameras and digital evidence storage, a proposal that has the Sheriff's support, but could cost more than $600,000 a year.
Monday Spokane County Commissioners voted to on three taxes, a road shift, a small increase in land conservation taxes and a small increase in general fund property taxes.
The panel of criminal justice experts behind the 2013 Blueprint for Reform gave the region mixed reviews in a status update report competed earlier this month, saying the county still has a problematic number of felony filings, has transparency issues and the region needs to commit to alternative programs such as a community corrections center and fully-funding pre-trial services.
Spokane County plans to not fill vacant Spokane County Sheriff's Office deputy and deputy training positions next year in hopes of reducing an $11.6 million budget deficit.
Spokane County Commissioners approved $10.8 million in federal COVID-19 aid for a new grant program that will offer assistance to struggling hospitality businesses. The application for the grant opens next week and only restaurants, hotels, event venues and other businesses related to hospitality and leisure activities are eligible.
Spokane County's preliminary budget was released Tuesday and the county is facing an estimated $11 million shortfall, which they hope to address with early retirements, cutting costs and potentially dipping into reserves.
Spokane County Commissioners have 90 days to spend around $40 million in Federal COVID-19 aid, a little less than half of the total amount the were allocated to spend in the community at the beginning of the pandemic.
Spokane County broke ground on a new facility that will open up space for those with substance abuse or mental health issues stabilize and detox, lowering the number of people going through withdrawals or mental health issues in the county jail.
Spokane County Commissioners unanimously voted to eliminate a 2% gambling tax on unincorporated county businesses that offer gambling, hoping it will offer them some relief during the pandemic.
OLYMPIA – A law that expands the number of county commissioners in Spokane from three to five is constitutional, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday in a unanimous decision.
Spokane County Commissioner Al French said Wednesday he doesn’t plan to push the county move forward in Gov. Jay Inslee’s reopening plan until case counts are under control, which likely won’t be for several weeks.
The outline presented by Woodward to the Spokane City Council includes plans for regional collaboration with Spokane County and Spokane Valley. In addition to an emergency shelter, the city is looking to establish a "bridge shelter" that would require a referral and work to get people in their own housing.
Citing a looming budget shortfall and potential redistricting issues due to the impacts of COVID-19, Spokane County Commissioner Al French plans to ask the Legislature to allow the county to wait two additional years before expanding the Board of Commissioners from three to five members.
Spokane County Commissioners approved nearly $2 million in COVID-19 aid funding to pay for a marketing campaign designed to encourage people to shop locally, highlight businesses that are following health guidelines and promote behaviors that reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Spokane has joined several other communities vying to host the command center of the newest branch of the armed forces – the U.S. Space Force.
Spokane County Health Officer Bob Lutz declined a request from the Spokane County Commissioners to start the process of moving Spokane County into Phase 3 of the state’s reopening plan.
Spokane County Medical Examiner's staff will soon move from a facility built for two and staffed by 14, to a state of the art building that has room for dozens of workers, student observers and the needs of a growing region.
In a scathing rebuke on Thursday, numerous local elected officials condemned the armed citizens who have stood guard outside businesses during Spokane’s recent protests.