Spokane city council at odds over key budget issues

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by KREM.com & Shawn Chitnis

KREM.com

Posted on December 3, 2012 at 7:09 PM

SPOKANE -- Spokane city council members must adopt a new budget by the end of the vote, but there are some issues that are dividing the council.

Back in October, Mayor David Condon presented a budget that would make up for a $10 million shortfall.

Monday, council members agreed on what Condon’s budget is lacking, but not how to make up for it.

“Obviously we do have a lack of police officers and in my own opinion, I think the police have been doing as well a job as the citizens can expect for the amount of resources that they have," said Councilman Mike Fagan.

"We're underfunded now compared to other cities, we have less police officers, my house got broken into over the weekend when we were out of the town so I understand the citizen's concerns about lack of police on the streets," said Ben Stuckart, council president.

City council members are expected to vote on the budget Dec. 10 at their regularly scheduled meeting
 

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