Condon could cut city position that saves consumers millions

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by Ashley Korslien & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on August 2, 2012 at 10:22 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 23 at 11:40 PM

SPOKANE--This week Mayor David Condon released his initial budget proposal for next year.  Facing a $10 million deficit, Condon wants to eliminate 100 city jobs and one of those employees is responsible for saving consumers millions every year.
   
Steve Parker is the sole employee with the Weights and Measures Department.  He checks everything from grocery stores to gas pumps to make sure we get what we pay for.

Parker makes $55,000 a year and in turn the city says he saves consumers $32 million annually.  Now some are asking, is cutting this position a smart move?

Officials say the department costs the city about $100k annually.  If it goes away, the state will take over the department.
   
In a recent interview, a city spokesperson admitted the state would only do these checks every three to four years.
   
It will be up to the city council to finalize the budget later this year.

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