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Spokane asks water and trash customers for help to improve bill distribution

The city of Spokane wants utility customers to update basic information provided to the city to improve how it interacts with them. The city wants all customers to provide the name of the person who owns a property, the address of that property, a mailing address if it’s different, a phone number and an email account.

City tax audit on phone companies finds $700K gain

An ongoing audit of taxes paid by telephone companies operating in Spokane has turned up $700,000 in unexpected funds for the city, including more than $500,000 in unpaid taxes, interest and penalties from CenturyLink. Along with funds from T-Mobile, the money discovered so far comes from just two companies, and city officials say there’s likely more to come, though they couldn’t predict how much in unpaid tax remains. “That’s a number I can’t even tell you. There’s no way of knowing,” said Tim Dunivant, the city’s budget director, noting that every telephone company operating in Spokane will have its tax bill examined. “All the big ones. Even some of the small ones. Verizon we just completed, and everything was fine.”

Spokane proposes lower sewer rates for apartments, multifamily homes

If you flush less, you pay less. That’s the idea behind Spokane’s proposed sewage rates for the next three years. According to the plan, which will be considered by the Spokane City Council on Monday, apartment dwellers and the bottom 20 percent of water users will be given discounts on their monthly sewage bills. Multifamily residences would pay $2 a month less, and low water users would see their monthly bills shaved by up to $5.

Editorial: Downtown investment mechanisms deserve council approval

A new tavern, the Tamarack Public House, will soon join the list of eating and drinking establishments adding to downtown Spokane’s vitality and amenities. But the Tamarack’s century-old building needed a sprinkler system, an added cost that could have tanked the project. So the Spokane City Council will vote Sept. 8 to create a fund carved from utility reserves that will help pay the costs – up to $40,000 – of improving utility service to the Tamarack, which is adjacent to The Spokesman-Review courtyard, and similar projects.

Avista planning rate hikes

Avista plans to raise rates again this winter, but not as much as the Spokane-based utility first proposed six months ago. A typical customer in Washington would pay $2.10 more for electricity and $3.62 more for natural gas each month starting Jan. 1, 2015, under a negotiated rate settlement announced Monday.

Avista settles on 2015 rate increases

A typical Avista customer in Washington would pay $2.10 more for electricity and $3.62 more for natural gas each month starting Jan. 1, 2015, under a negotiated rate settlement announced today.

Yahoo Data Center plans growth in Grant County

When the World Cup started last month, the little blue lights on thousands of racks inside Yahoo’s Quincy data center began flickering faster than usual.  Millions of people on phones, tablets and computers were tracking teams and watching video from the event, a once-every-four-years sports spectacle that garners intense online interest.

Drawdown of Columbia River reservoir creates problems, opportunities

VANTAGE, Wash. – Mud, lots of mud, with a river flowing through it. Anja Reynolds gaped at an unfamiliar Columbia last week as her husband, Dave, and their three kids stretched their legs at a park near the river’s edge. The Shelton, Wash., family had stopped for a break on the six-hour drive to Spokane.

Inland Power to upgrade meters

Monitoring electricity use will be faster and easier for Inland Power and Light and its members after the Spokane-based utility upgrades all 39,000 meters across its service area next year. The nonprofit cooperative picked Liberty Lake-based Itron Inc. to supply the advanced meters and Tantalus, a North Carolina company, to provide the “smart grid” communications equipment.

Ex-BPA chief Wright picked to head Chelan PUD

WENATCHEE — Recently retired Bonneville Power Administration chief Steve Wright is being hired to run the Chelan County Public Utility District in Wenatchee.