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Plans are underway to start fixing Spokane streets under a tax measure that won overwhelming voter approval Tuesday. The street measure passed with a 77 percent yes vote. It will provide about $5 million of work annually through 2034.
Spokane city leaders scored two big wins tonight with passage of a park bond that will revitalize Riverfront Park and a levy that will continue the street reconstruction program it began a decade ago. Spokane voters handed city leaders a big win, and a chance to shape Spokane for decades to come, with the overwhelming approval of a bond to revitalize Riverfront Park and a levy to extend the massive reconstruction of city streets that began 10 years ago.
Propositions 1 and 2 offer Spokane voters savvy options for maintaining the streets and refurbishing a beloved park – without increasing current tax rates. Proposition 1 is the next step in financing street repairs, after the successful 10-year bond expires this year. This time it’s a 20-year levy, and if voters agree to extend current property tax assessments, the city would use the revenue to attract matching funds for up to $25 million annually to repair and upgrade streets and curbs and add bike lanes, lighting and landscaping.
Some things are completed only under duress. Rarely is that thing a city planning document. The Spokane City Council will consider Monday a proposal by Councilman Jon Snyder to kick-start the long-delayed Pedestrian Master Plan, which would give guidance on how best to spend money to improve sidewalks and make roads safer for walkers. The plan was launched in 2011 but stalled a year later and never was finished after staff changes in City Hall.
There was little controversy at Monday’s Spokane City Council meeting, where discussion centered on two big tax measures: to revitalize Riverfront Park and continue funding for street maintenance. Voters may not be so agreeable, but they’ll have a chance to consider the proposal. After more than an hour of public input, the council unanimously voted to send the innovative financing package to voters on the Nov. 4 ballot.
A $117 million program to fix the worst of Spokane’s city streets will come to an end this year, 10 years after voters agreed to a property tax increase to pay for it. Mayor David Condon said he is not yet willing to seek another bond issue to create a follow-up street program.
A water main break has closed some streets on the east side of Spokane this morning.
The city of Spokane is planning work on a big list of small street projects in 2014 that will be funded by a $20 annual license tab fee charged to vehicle owners in the city. The plan would spend $2.5 million to spread the work across the city so residents in different neighborhoods will see tangible benefit from the fee, City Council members said.
The littered side streets, abandoned homes and aging storefronts that populate parts of the East Sprague corridor will be the proving ground for a city plan to funnel improvement dollars in a hyperlocal way. Though it remains to be seen whether the strategy will yield the same transformation seen along South Perry in recent years, plan pitchman and Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart sees great results ahead as a result of the targeted investment, totaling up to $5 million.
Spokane is prepping for its annual battle with Old Man Winter and city officials are touting new ways for residents to keep up with constantly changing snow conditions. “Everywhere that you could possibly get information, we’re going to be feeding that out in real time,” Mayor David Condon said Tuesday, as street crews prepare to switch to their winter readiness schedule this week. In addition to alerts on television and via a phone hotline, Condon and Street Department Director Mark Serbousek said residents may receive notifications through Facebook, Twitter and text message about plow locations and whether vehicles parked on the streets need to be moved.
After public criticism of initial proposals sent them back to the drawing board, city of Spokane engineers are ready to present a new plan for the $6.8 million High Drive street project. The project, scheduled for construction next year, affects homeowners along High Drive from 29th Avenue to Hatch Road.
OLYMPIA – The Legislature has a variety of deadlines designed to winnow the thousands of bills introduced in any given session to a few hundred that actually require everyone to cast a vote. These deadlines, known as cutoffs, generally require a bill to prove it has enough support to move to the next step: get out of a committee, win a vote in the chamber where it was introduced, get out of a committee in the other chamber, and so on.
Washington State University students believe that two brick streets in Pullman’s College Hill neighborhood are worth preserving and listing on the city’s new historic register. A group of students taking a historic preservation seminar in the WSU School of Design and Construction will be making a presentation on the idea this afternoon on the WSU campus.