Spokane City Council Voting On Cuts To Police, Fire - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Spokane City Council Voting On Cuts To Police, Fire

Posted: Updated:

SPOKANE, Wash – Facing a $10 million dollar budget shortfall, Spokane Mayor David Condon proposed a no-growth budget for 2013, which meant steep cuts to city services.

Among them, 100 positions were eliminated throughout the city.  The Mayor says 65 of them were already vacant, and a number of others included people who retired, who left the city, or found another job within the city, so only 14 would be laid off.  Those positions would be spread throughout the city, in parks & rec, municipal court, human services, parking and general administration.

However, it's the 23 firefighter and 21 police positions that are being eliminated that are causing some buzz.

Again, the positions are vacant, so the Mayor says there are no layoffs to police and fire.  However, their budgets are shrinking by roughly $2 million dollar apiece.

"As the mayor indicated, there are less revenues to continue to provide service to the community, and when you face that, you don't have any option but to make reductions," Spokane Fire Chief Bobby Williams told KHQ.

Changes will be coming to Fire Station 9, on 17th & Bernard on Spokane's South Hill.  The engine is being cut, meaning crews will be there to respond to medical calls.  But, for fires, surrounding fire stations will have to help cover the area.

"We feel confident that if everybody is in the fire station the coverage that we would have from the other stations would still meet our performance measures of 8 minutes and 30 seconds 90% of the time," Chief Williams said.

Mayor Condon said if more revenue comes in next year than is predicted, he'd make it a priority to add money back into the budgets for police and fire.

The City Council is voting on these proposed cuts right now, at a meeting that began at 6:00 tonight.

 

 

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • PHOTOS JUST IN: Devastation from Carlton Complex; 300 homes burned

    PHOTOS JUST IN: Devastation from Carlton Complex; 300 homes burned

    Saturday, July 26 2014 12:07 AM EDT2014-07-26 04:07:59 GMT
    TWISP, Wash. (AP) - The Okanogan County Sheriff says the Carlton Complex wildfire has many more homes than previously thought. Sheriff Frank Rogers said Friday that the Carlton Complex fire has consumed about 300 homes this month. His office previously placed the number at 150, but he said then he knew it would rise.>>
    TWISP, Wash. (AP) - The Okanogan County Sheriff says the Carlton Complex wildfire has many more homes than previously thought. Sheriff Frank Rogers said Friday that the Carlton Complex fire has consumed about 300 homes this month. His office previously placed the number at 150, but he said then he knew it would rise.>>
  • 44 Riverside homes destroyed or damaged in storm

    44 Riverside homes destroyed or damaged in storm

    Thursday, July 24 2014 3:46 PM EDT2014-07-24 19:46:53 GMT
    RIVERSIDE, Wash. - Many families were still at the Red Cross Shelter set up at Riverside High School in Riverside this morning.An afternoon storm destroyed or damaged 44 of their homes and knocked down close to 100 trees in Riverside Village Mobile Home Park.Many residents said the storm looked like a tornado as it swept through their neighborhood.>>
    RIVERSIDE, Wash. - Many families were still at the Red Cross Shelter set up at Riverside High School in Riverside this morning.An afternoon storm destroyed or damaged 44 of their homes and knocked down close to 100 trees in Riverside Village Mobile Home Park.Many residents said the storm looked like a tornado as it swept through their neighborhood.>>
  • Oregon woman missing since Thursday

    Oregon woman missing since Thursday

    Sunday, July 27 2014 4:57 PM EDT2014-07-27 20:57:54 GMT
    KHQ.COM - The small town of Dundee, OR is searching for a mother and wife who has been missing since Thursday. Family and friends are searching for 38 year old Jennifer Huston who was last scene at a gas station located in the southern area of Portland. Since then she has not contacted her family and police say there has been no credit card activity.>>
    KHQ.COM - The small town of Dundee, OR is searching for a mother and wife who has been missing since Thursday. Family and friends are searching for 38 year old Jennifer Huston who was last scene at a gas station located in the southern area of Portland. Since then she has not contacted her family and police say there has been no credit card activity.>>