SPOKANE, Wash.--The Spokane Mayor released his budget proposal Tuesday afternoon. Mayor David Condon called a press conference to outline his 2014 Program Budget Proposal. He listed his top priorities as safety, street maintenance, and setting money aside.
The budget called for several changes including adding 25 police officers. The change would bring the total number of officers to 300 according to Condon.
READ: Entire 2014 Program Budget Proposal
He also proposed redirecting resources to maintain the current level of fire service and sets aside money for long-term investments in streets. The current maintenance budget for Spokane streets is about $5 million. Condon proposed increasing the budget by 50%.
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The Mayor said highlights of his plan include:
Affordable for residents-
Invest more in top priorities with existing resources
Maintain utility rate growth at CPI to get to a cleaner river faster
Deliver integrated projects with multiple impacts – every dollar working harder
Manage labor contracts within existing funds
Rebalance reserves to protect for the future
Accountability and efficiencies-
Reduce police administrative overhead
Integrate finance/IT resources
Restructure legal and planning
Reduce other overhead
Decrease criminal justice overhead
Aligned revenues to expenses-
Restructure debt to pay for police officers
Improve transportation network with storm water investments
Develop capital fund program using 1% property tax authority
Allocate parking revenue to police
Assign engineering resources to utility projects
Amortize Fire pension to sustain fire services
Assign cell tower revenue to asset management
Condon said he plans to visit three city neighborhoods Tuesday night to answer questions about the proposed budget changes. The Mayor will be at Clear Choice Tax Service (1403 W. Garland) at 5:00 p.m. He will visit Hamblen Park Presbyterian Church (4102 S. Crestline) at 6:00 p.m. Condon wraps up his stops at 7:00 p.m. at Minnehaha Covenant Church (4005 E. Marietta).
Condon cited public input from a recent Telephone Town Hall meeting and public forums as reason for the adjustments.