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Spokane County voters won’t be asked whether they want to raise property taxes this year. The county commissioners, Al French and Josh Kerns, voted to rescind a tax proposal on Tuesday, a month after they, along with then-Commissioner Shelly O’Quinn, voted to put it on the November ballot.
The Spokane County commissioners may walk away from a proposal to raise property taxes to fix an estimated $10 million budget shortfall.
The Spokane County Republican Party convened Saturday in a church in Spokane Valley to pick three potential replacements for Shelly O’Quinn, who recently vacated a seat on the county commission to lead a local nonprofit.
City, county and state elected officials said Wednesday they were heartened by the utility’s public message following the announced sale that it would maintain its commitment to partnerships in and around Spokane.
The Spokane County commissioners have lifted a moratorium on outdoor marijuana farms, but they replaced it with zoning rules that are significantly more restrictive to the pot industry.
Shelly O’Quinn was expected to resign from the Spokane County Commission this month to lead a major nonprofit organization, but the Legislature’s inability to craft a bipartisan budget has thrown a wrench in her plans.
Property valuations will be more than four months late this year because of a staffing shortage in the Spokane County Assessor’s Office.
Spokane County plans to add measureable performance standards to its contract with NaphCare Inc., the Alabama company that provides medical care to county jail inmates.
Legislators shouldn’t continue to shackle local governments that are, in many instances, performing state-prescribed duties. It’s time to allow budgeting to reflect reality.
For the third year in a row, Spokane County officials are balancing the budget by diverting money that a former commissioner says should be spent on road improvements.
Spokane County agreed it will not expand the area where urban growth can occur for at least nine years without meeting certain benchmarks, while controversial boundaries drawn in 2013 will remain largely in place. The compromise marks the end of nearly a decade of legal wrangling, both sides said.
Gov. Jay Inslee gave the final approval on Tuesday for the Spokane Tribe’s casino project, clearing the way to a $400 million gaming and retail development on the West Plains. The project has been opposed by downtown business interests as well as Spokane County leaders who have argued that the construction of a large commercial area near Fairchild Air Force Base could make the military base susceptible to closure. But the base never took a formal position on the issue, and supporters of the casino stressed that the project would create well-paying jobs for tribal members and other and boost the local economy.
Residents along Brooks Road, a lightly maintained gravel street on the West Plains, have spoken out against plans by Ron Calhoun to mine basalt on his 70-plus acres. Calhoun says he can’t grow anything on his property, which is zoned as farmland.
NaphCare, Inc., is buttressing the meager nursing staff at the aging Spokane County Jail.
Spokane County Commissioners gave themselves the option this week to move public hearings they believe won’t be well-attended to afternoons. A revision to county laws approved unanimously by the three Republican commissioners allows input on some topics to occur at sessions held at 2 p.m., when commissioners approve measures considered “routine.” This includes signing off on payroll, accepting grants and buying equipment. Commissioner Shelly O’Quinn said the change promotes “leaner” government by trimming costs and encouraging efficiency.
Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich will continue to earn less than his undersheriffs after county commissioners rejected a proposal to boost the salaries of the sheriff and prosecutor. Knezovich and Prosecutor Larry Haskell asked Commissioner Al French to consider pay raises last year, and French agreed to introduce a proposal to boost their pay. That legislation was rejected on Tuesday in a 2-1 vote.
A split Spokane County Commission has chosen Gerry Gemmill as the next chief executive for the county. Friends and supporters say he’ll make good use of contacts and a perspective from years in multiple government offices.
Spokane County voters turned down by a wide margin a proposal to expand the three-member county commission. Just over 62 percent of voters said “no” to Spokane County Proposition 1.
Gerry Gemmill, who previously worked for Spokane County and the City of Spokane, is favored by two Spokane County commissioners to become the county’s next CEO.
Feuding commissioners are uncertain what will be the outcome of a meeting Tuesday to talk about a new Spokane County CEO. Commissioners could appoint a handpicked replacement for Marshal Farnell, or go back to publicly advertising the job.