Stories tagged: spokane county commission
Mon., Feb. 24, 2020
Spokane County has filed a brief in support of Lincoln County’s case that will determine whether counties can force unions that represent their employees to negotiate wages and benefits in …
Sat., April 27, 2019
First-time homebuyers met with few housing options in seller’s market; Spokane officials offer potential fixes
First-time homebuyers in Spokane County face a market full of potential opponents in bidding wars and few houses available at an affordable price. What should, and have, local policymakers done …
UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019
Civic leaders asked the Spokane County commissioners for $3,500 to complete the road to Mt. Spokane.
Sun., Jan. 6, 2019
With 2019 stretching before us, Spin Control makes some predictions.
UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 11, 2018
Spokane County Commissioners expected to rehire heads of public defender’s office, counsel for defense
Spokane County commissioners will decide Tuesday whether to rehire two men tasked with leading the county’s defense for indigent defendants.
Tue., Nov. 27, 2018
Spokane County commissioners will decide on Tuesday whether to take a one percent property tax increase that could help fund basic county services, road construction and property acquisitions for the …
Wed., Oct. 17, 2018
Among the candidates running for Spokane County commissioner are a relatively new commissioner and an experienced one. Mary Kuney in District 2 and Al French in District 3 deserve election …
Thu., Aug. 9, 2018
Democrats fared well in Spokane County races Tuesday, but can that momentum last in the general election?
Sat., June 2, 2018
For the first time in 40 years, Republicans will run unopposed by Democrats for a seat on the Spokane County Board of Commissioners.
UPDATED: Tue., May 15, 2018
Washington’s U.S. Senate race got crowded in a hurry Monday, as 10 challengers filed to run against incumbent Democrat Maria Cantwell.
UPDATED: Sat., March 17, 2018
With change on the horizon, we take a look at the history of the Spokane County Commission, its makeup and the functions it performs within the county.
UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 28, 2018
Senate approves a plan to expand the Spokane County Commissioner Board to five members after new districts are drawn in 2021.
Tue., Jan. 30, 2018
The bill would take effect in 2022 and would add two members to the Spokane County Commission. It’s received bipartisan support in Olympia and the city of Spokane, but current …
UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 22, 2017
Sheriff George L. Reid declared that two county commissioners played a “most contemptible trick” on him. They asked him to go along with them on a tour of warehouses where …
UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 26, 2017
John Guarisco is a marketing consultant who has never held or campaigned for elected office, and his political leanings aren’t as well known as those of Mary Kuney and Rob …
UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 12, 2017
Spokane County commissioners deadlock on appointment of third Republican colleague, give decision to Democratic governor
Deadlocked in a heated debate about who should fill a vacant seat on the Spokane County Commission, Republican commissioners voted Tuesday to let the Democratic governor make the selection.
UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 8, 2017
A rift in the Spokane County Republican Party has resulted in a stalemate between two county commissioners who are running out of time to choose a new colleague.
UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 15, 2017
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 …
Sat., Aug. 5, 2017
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 …
UPDATED: Wed., July 12, 2017
Spokane County voters will decide in November whether to raise property taxes, a decision that may help fill holes in the county budget or result in a reduction of services.
UPDATED: Fri., June 16, 2017
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 …
Sat., May 27, 2017
Costco is moving forward quickly with its plans to construct a new, 167,000 square foot retail warehouse near the site of the former Kaiser Aluminum smelter near Mead. Those plans …
Fri., April 28, 2017
Following the announced departure of Spokane County Commissioner Shelly O’Quinn expected this summer, Rob Chase, a former write-in candidate for treasurer who defeated a sitting Democrat for the office, will …
UPDATED: Wed., April 12, 2017
Four months after starting her second term, Spokane County Commissioner Shelly O’Quinn announced Wednesday that she will resign in June.
UPDATED: Fri., March 10, 2017
An independent panel of citizens gave the Spokane County commissioners a 19 percent raise last month, bringing their annual salaries to $110,693.
Mon., Feb. 20, 2017
How much time, paperwork and taxpayer money does it take to order printer ink for a Spokane County government office? Too much, says county Auditor Vicky Dalton.
Tue., Jan. 24, 2017
Spokane County has settled a second lawsuit after failing to provide public records related to the psychiatric treatment of county jail inmates. This time, taxpayers are on the hook for …
Sun., Dec. 11, 2016
Roger Bertsch can’t stand the smell that wafts from his neighbor’s property. Sometimes it’s barely detectable in the afternoon breeze. But sometimes, he said, the skunky aroma is so penetrating …
Tue., Dec. 6, 2016
Acting under the “miscellaneous items” portion of the Spokane County Commission agenda last Tuesday, the commission put a moratorium on outdoor marijuana farms, citing complaints they’d received about odor. The …
Mon., Dec. 5, 2016
County officials balance budget with property taxes former commissioner says should be devoted to roads
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.