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Council divvies lodging tax funds

The Spokane Valley City Council had an extra $50,000 to dole out Tuesday as members decided how to allocate the city’s lodging tax funds. City finance director Mark Calhoun announced …


Grassel moving out of city, resigns from council

Spokane Valley City Councilwoman Brenda Grassel announced at the end of Tuesday’s meeting that she is resigning her position on the council effective Dec. 31 because she is moving outside …


Valleyfest eyes lodging tax money

Once again, Valleyfest director Peggy Doering is waiting to hear whether her organization will receive any of Spokane Valley’s lodging tax funding. Valleyfest asked for $40,000 from lodging taxes for …


Standards keep tourism grants fair

As Chair of the Lodging Tax Committee, I’d like to give additional information to the two recent newspaper articles. First let’s talk about where the money comes from. The Lodging …


Council rejects Valleyfest request for lodging tax money

Valleyfest director Peggy Doering is worried about securing community sponsors for the annual three-day festival after the Spokane Valley City Council recently decided not to give the festival lodging tax …


Accuracy watch

For 11-12-2011


Spokane Valley has healthy reserves, council told

Spokane Valley City Manager Mike Jackson told the City Council Tuesday that the city has a balanced budget and healthy reserves going into 2012. “Right now I think we are …


Anonymous input on permits sought

It is not unusual for elected officials to ask their constituents their opinion on certain issues that are being discussed in the halls of government. Last year when the city …


Unfunded future road projects discussed

A review of the city of Spokane Valley’s six-year Transportation Improvement Program with the City Council evolved into a discussion on whether the city should even be considering building new …


Mayor’s relative chosen for commission seat

Two candidates for empty planning commission seats, including the half-brother of Mayor Tom Towey, were approved by a majority of the Spokane Valley City Council Tuesday during a contentious meeting. …


Crowd sees Valley council take first step to kill couplet plan

A standing-room-only crowd watched Tuesday night as the Spokane Valley City Council took the first major step toward killing the Sprague/Appleway Revitalization Plan. They came even though the result was …


Spokane Valley council passes 2011 budget

The Spokane Valley City Council unanimously passed its budget for 2011 Tuesday night, despite objections by Councilman Bill Gothmann to the cut in a cost of living adjustment raise to …


Valley council freezes COLA for nonunion employees

Four Spokane Valley City Council members voted Tuesday to withhold a 2.5 percent cost of living increase in 2011 from the city’s nonunion employees despite the fact that the city …


Valley council’s bus tour stops at noted locations

The Spokane Valley City Council took a three-hour tour last week, but instead of ending up on a tropical island they stopped by some city parks as well as other …


Spokane Valley’s budget to see surplus in 2014

Some members of the Spokane Valley City Council started to pick apart acting City Manager Mike Jackson’s proposed 2011 budget Tuesday, but at least one was using outdated numbers to …


Tax cut sends message, council members say

Several Spokane Valley City Council members have been making a big deal out of a proposal to lower the 2011 property tax rate by 1 percent. What has been left …


Spokane Valley City Council discusses vehicle taxes

The merits of forming a regional Transportation Benefit District to raise revenue for road construction received nearly an hour of discussion at Tuesday’s Spokane Valley City Council meeting, but the …


Valley struggles with ‘change’

Six months after a new majority swept into the Spokane Valley City Council promising “positive change,” there has been change – a good deal of it reversing decisions made by …


Unofficial meetings generate contention

The Spokane Valley City Council’s new majority started off its term in office by possibly violating the Open Public Meetings Act, meeting for coffee every day at a local grocery …


Spokane Valley council puts zoning on endangered list

The new members of the Spokane Valley City Council – a majority that’s been in office less than a year – have a lot of questions. Is the Spokane River …


Council agrees to settle suit over driveway

The Spokane Valley City Council agreed Tuesday night to settle a lawsuit against the city filed in July, 2008. James and Mary Pollard will receive $25,000 in the settlement, which …


New members sworn in

The speeches were few and short Wednesday night as the new members of the Spokane Valley City Council were sworn in before a packed room of friends, family and supporters. …


Few voters cast ballots

Despite a lot of campaign spending and generous doses of controversy, Spokane Valley’s City Council elections last month failed to generate as much turnout as the Liberty Lake Sewer and …


Endorsement: Wilhite has best vision for future of Valley

A quick glance at the candidates and their platforms suggests Spokane Valley City Councilwoman Diana Wilhite and her challenger, Brenda Grassel, might be interchangeable. Both of them are bright, business-friendly …


Valley council candidates Wilhite, Grassel answer questions

Here is the second in a series of reports in which Spokane Valley City Council candidates address issues in their own words. All the candidates were asked the same questions. …