City Seeks To Fill Vacancy for Neighborhood Project Advisory Committee

Kirstin Davis, Communications Manager, 509.625.7773

Friday, May 6, 2022 at 8:30 a.m.

The City of Spokane is seeking residents of the Emerson/Garfield neighborhood willing to help the City determine how best to apply funds for public improvements within the West Quadrant Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District. As an alternate on the Neighborhood Project Advisory Committee, the successful appointee would be responsible for attending monthly meetings of the Committee, often to consider the application of TIF funds to public projects in the district, including various streetscape, sidewalk, utility, infrastructure, and affordable housing projects.  As an alternate representative from Emerson/Garfield, the appointee would vote in the absence of the primary representative and would be able to lend their voice and experience to discussions throughout the year on the TIF and the use of TIF funds. 

Interested persons are asked to complete the City’s boards and commissions application form and submit it to the Mayor’s office for consideration.  Applications can be mailed to Attn: Mayor’s Office, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., Spokane, WA 99201. They can also be submitted electronically to  Applications should be delivered or postmarked no later than Wednesday, May 25, 2022. 

Committee meetings are open to the public and are held consistent with the Open Public Meetings Act. 

What is Tax-Increment Financing?

Tax-Increment Financing is an economic development tool established by the State of Washington.  TIFs are used to pay for publicly owned streets, sewers, sidewalks, parks, and other improvements. State law also allow TIFs to fund permanent affordable housing within the district. TIFs utilize increases in local property taxes within the TIF district to fund various projects, which in turn help raise the overall economic and tax value of the district.