Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Proposed Spokane City Budget Nearly Doubles Transportation Spending in 2016

Spokane Mayor David Condon yesterday released his proposed 2016 budget and it includes a big increase in spending for transportation.

According to the Spokesman-Review, total city expenses for 2016 are estimated to be $824.7 million. That's a 1.4 percent increase over 2015's expenditures.

The transportation budget went from $25 million in 2015 to a proposed $46 million in 2016, mostly due to the 20-year levy that voters approved this year.

Condon said the budget reflects what he and his staff heard from citizens during efforts to engage people on social media, during telephone town halls and in person.

The City Council is responsible for approving a budget before the end of the year.

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SRTC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Spokane County. Urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people are required to have an MPO. SRTC was formed to address the county's transportation planning needs. It provides coordination in planning between the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and tribes.

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