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What will make or break the relationship at City Hall – and what broke the last one – isn’t what happens when everyone’s looking. It’s what happens when no one is, and how honest you are about it.
Spokane City Councilwoman Candace Mumm asked that the measure be delayed until February to give delinquent payers another chance to settle with City Hall. Meanwhile, one of the largest outstanding debts is entangled in a lawsuit alleging unlawful water charges on the West Plains.
The $450,000 write-off would apply to 174 ratepayers who the city says it would have trouble collecting money from. The debts were accrued between 1999 and 2013, coinciding with the last major update to the city’s software tracking utility payments.
Incoming Councilman Michael Cathcart won’t be the only fresh face on the dais when the Spokane City Council holds its first meeting of the new year on Monday.
The mayor used his veto power 10 times during his eight years in office, by far the most of any elected official who’s held that position since 2001. Condon would often say he was using the power on principle, to defend his office against a City Council that proved more than willing to check that power.
A dispute over where to operate a warming shelter for the city’s homeless opened old wounds with the Spokane City Council, even as Mayor David Condon celebrated the beginning or completion of major initiatives.
A number of factors led to the city requesting an additional $2 million to complete the project, including engineering difficulties as well as higher-than-projected costs for the public plaza on the street level. The tank near the downtown Spokane Library is now expected to cost $33 million, a bill that will be paid off by the users of the city’s utilities.
The City Council has a plan to replace Breean Beggs, who will move from District 2 representative to City Council President in January.
If the public doesn’t get a chance to comment on major spending changes, the City Council shouldn’t approve them. Transparent government of the people is as simple as that.
A 30-point list of proposed revisions to Mayor David Condon’s 2020 budget would result in several new positions in the City Council office, including a council spokesperson, four research analysts and an intergovernmental affairs position.
The Spokane City Council shelved a set of proposed tenant protection laws until March last week, but tenants are pledging to continue the fight for new regulations.
The City Council is scheduled to consider a measure Dec. 9 that would redirect some of the local sales tax collections directly toward affordable housing in Spokane, before it reaches Olympia. Spokane could raise $400,000 annually for that purpose if passed, officials say.
With every ballot in Spokane County counted, Dave Watling and Steven Walk are locked in a dead heat with 78 votes apiece as they seek position 3 on the Fairfield Town Council. If those results hold after the election is certified and an automatic hand recount is conducted, the winner is chosen by a game of chance.
With just a handful of meetings left, the outgoing two-term City Council president has informally ceded his post to Councilman Breean Beggs, who will be sworn in as the new City Council president in January.
Spokane City Council president candidate Cindy Wendle conceded Thursday night, after her opponent Breean Beggs’ lead increased to more than 500 votes.
The city’s Water Department requires those interested in temporarily drawing water from municipal fire hydrants to obtain a permit. But the City Council is considering whether to ask for additional safety features, and the department is looking at upping fees and reporting requirements.
“An additional serious concern related to the background of one of the nonprofit’s corporate officers has been raised to the city,” the city said Friday.
The Washington Realtors Political Action Committee has led the charge in breaking Spokane election-spending records this year. But not all local Realtors are pleased that their industry is taking center stage in this year’s heated contest for power at City Hall.
Three Spokane City Council positions are on the Nov. 5 ballot. These are very competitive races with strong candidates and no easy decisions.
In a city election cycle that has featured homelessness as its central issue, the impact on voters of Spokane’s latest plan to address homelessness remains to be seen, as ballots have already landed in mailboxes and will be counted in less than two weeks.