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Spokane Mayor, City Council President Clash Over Prop 2

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SPOKANE, Wash. -  Spokane's next special election is on February 12th. On the ballot is a proposed amendment to the city charter that could affect how your taxes are raised. It's called Proposition 2. Mayor David Condon and other city officials are urging voters to pass it, but the City Council President strongly disagrees.    

Proposition two is an amendment to the city charter regarding the city council's approval of taxes. If it passes, any next or current tax can only be increased if there is a majority plus one of the council. That is five out of seven votes to implement a new tax. Supporters say it makes sense to require a super majority vote. 

"We are going out to the public to ask them in the rare circumstance that we need to increase taxes that we need to make sure that we come together both as an administration and the council and to go for that one extra vote to make sure that this is the right tax," said Spokane Mayor David Condon.  

But opponents say this is unnecessary since we already have a simple majority rule in place. City Council President Ben Stuckart said in the last 20 years there hasn't been an example where the city council has raised taxes without a super majority. He said if it is not broke, don't fix it, adding that this is confusing even to the people who support it.  

"This is totally unclear because the car tab tax this wouldn't apply to, but business license fees this would apply to?" Stuckart said. "To me that is totally confusing and you never change your city charter, that is our city constitution, if things are too confusing. If the Mayor and the people supporting this stand up in front of the citizens in a press conference that they called, and they still can't be clear with the citizens, it should be utterly rejected, immediately."

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