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City Considers Downtown Parking Tax; What Do You Think?

SPOKANE, Wash. – Faced with a $12 million dollar budget shortfall next year, the City of Spokane is considering a downtown parking tax to raise revenue. The idea is being met with stiff opposition from shoppers and retailers in the downtown core.

The city says a parking tax could raise several thousand dollars and is just one of the ideas being considered.

"It's amazingly regressive," said Susan Carmody who owns Jigsaw clothing store. Carmody worries any extra expense downtown would force shoppers to other parts of the city to spend money.

"That's exactly what will happen (with this tax)," she said.

Viewer comments on KHQ.com showed 19 people leaving comments opposed the idea. No one left a comment supporting the idea as of Wednesday afternoon.

A city spokeswoman said the mayor and city council plan to cut spending but need to look for extra revenue to close the budget shortfall. She said this is just one of the ideas being considered.

 

KHQ Local News Reporter Anthony Gomes contributed to this report.

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