21 Nov 2013
On Monday, November 18th, Spokane City Council addressed two issues key to our budget for 2014: utility rates and property tax rates. Next week we plan on voting on the 2014 City Budget, so establishing our revenue sources is a critical step to balancing the budget.
First, Council voted to approve (5-1, Snyder opposed and CP Stuckart absent) a 2.9% increase to sewer, water and solid waste rates for 2014. This will mean about a $3 increase to the average bill. Why did we choose to make these increases? Almost all the increase for water and sewer is due to capital expenses -- infrastructure improvements like underground tanks to get wastewater out of the Spokane River, upgrades to water mains, etc. These projects are critical to public health and the sustainability of the River. I am so grateful Read More