Verner, Mielke Lament Early Returns on SCRAPS Proposal - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Decision 2011

Verner, Mielke Lament Early Returns on SCRAPS Proposal

Spokane County Commissioner Todd Mielke and Spokane Mayor Mary Verner said Tuesday night they were disappointed to see the initial returns on Measure 1, the proposal to raise taxes to pay for a new animal control facility.

With about 40,000 ballots still to count, the measure was failing 56 percent to 44 percent.

Said Mielke and Verner:

"Tonight, we were disappointed to learn of the initial outcome on Measure 1, which would have provided a solution for the region's animal control needs well into the future. We certainly understand the economic hardships faced by our residents, and we appreciate our citizens considering this proposal at this time. The bright spot for us is that we have developed a model for working together regionally that we can use again. Government will have to continue to re-invent itself and consider new service delivery models to be successful going forward."

Under the proposal put before voters on Tuesday, a $15 million levy would have provided funding to replace the aging SCRAPS facility in Spokane Valley. Money from the levy would have been used to purchase a building near the intersection of Broadway and Havana which is currently owned by the City of Spokane. The average homeowner with a $200,000 house would have seen their taxes increase a little more than a dollar per month.

The current SCRAPS building is 40-years-old. Nancy Hill, the facility's director said it is not set up properly to handle the region's growing pet population.

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