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2017 budget approved by Spokane City Council

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Spokane's 2017 budget was approved by the City Council Monday night. 

The budget increases spending on services for the poor and looks to add officers using money from speeders. Condon appeared before the Council Monday night to present the budget and the reorganization of his Cabinet. All four Cabinet members received salary increases, as a result of promotions, that total between $13,000 and $22,000. Condon dismissed the claim that the reorganization would cost taxpayers more money. 

As far as the 2017 budget, the $945 million spending plan is about a 17 percent increase in expenses versus 2016. The budget includes spending from all sources, including tax revenue, grants, bonds and fees. Major projects in the budget include the construction in Riverfront Park, the installation of stormwater retention tanks as part of a plan to clean up the Spokane River, and of course, downtown construction. 

If you're wondering what this means for your wallet, you can expect City utility tax rates to increase 2.9 percent, the amount they were capped at by law in 2014. Increases in sales tax receipts and private utilities are also expected in 2017. 

The budget calls for about $500,000 from school zone speeding fines to pay the salaries of four new neighborhood resource officers. Those officers will split their time between working to reduce speeding in school zones and property crime. 

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