Property tax hike suggested to gain dozens of police officers

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on March 19, 2013 at 5:06 AM

Updated Monday, Nov 11 at 6:20 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Spokane City Council’s discussing a potential public safety bond that would add dozens more police officers to the Spokane Police Department. Homeowners would pick up the tab.

The bond would come in the form of a property tax, and potentially collect hundreds of thousands of dollars to hire new officers.

Council member Amber Waldref said the department continues to battle low staffing. She said the possible public safety bond could add as many as 25 new officers.

“It's in the initial conversations. The council wants to be involved to make sure if something goes out to the public, it's well thought through and we'll get the support of the public,” Waldref said.

It’s possible it may also include equipment for the police department and more money for the Spokane Fire Department.

Waldref said if everything came together, the bond could go to public vote as soon as August.

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