$26 million directed to police, fire capital needs
Brian Coddington, Communications Director, 509.625.6740
Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 12:44 p.m.
Spokane Mayor David Condon today signed a resolution and ordinance authorizing $26 million in funding for police and fire vehicle and equipment needs.
Funding comes from property tax revenue that has been dedicated to paying for capital needs for public safety. The City Council approved a 1 percent property tax increase as part of the 2014 budget to replace aging fire apparatus, police cars and equipment, and meet reoccurring needs in those areas. Collection of funds and purchase of the equipment will occur over six years.
“Today marks an important step forward for our police and fire departments in making Spokane the safest city of our size,” Condon said. “We are continually evolving our public safety models to better serve citizens who need our help.”
Already this year, the Spokane Police Department has:
The Spokane Fire Department has:
Disciplined budgeting over the past two years positioned the City to be able to create a sustainable funding stream to meet ongoing public safety capital needs. Dedicated revenue introduces consistency and continuity of funding for reoccurring apparatus, vehicle and equipment needs.
The resolution signed by Condon authorized the funding mechanism while the ordinance allocates the money to purchase the vehicles and equipment. The City Council approved both at its July 14 meeting.