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Mayor Verner addresses the State of the City

SPOKANE, Wash. - In her annual Statement of Conditions & Affairs of the City address to City Council, Spokane Mayor Mary Verner focused on the need for long-term thinking.  She cited a series of accomplishments and upcoming plans designed to improve the health of the City not just now but for the future.

"During these difficult times, our City cannot afford to be lured into short-sighted thinking," the Mayor said, "For the City of Spokane, looking beyond the immediate stormy horizon means making decisions that are defensible and sustainable for the long term.  That's what my first year in office has been about."

The Mayor delivered the speech during the regular legislative session of the City Council Monday night.

The Mayor discussed her plans for a two-year balanced budget, the addition of a citizens advisory committee for financial matters, and the development of a capital facilities plan for the City's General Fund, which pays for police, fire, streets, libraries, and parks, among other things.

She cited on-going cost-saving moves and efficiencies that have been implemented this year, including centralizing the City's accounting functions, training City employees in implementing Lean techniques, and reducing cell phone use, fuel consumption, and vehicle idling.

The Mayor emphasized that the City must maintain the services that citizens need from their City government.  And, she noted that the City continues to balance cost-cutting measures with strategic investments in programs that will promote economic growth.

"While current economic and geopolitical news is frightening, we have a lot of good going on in Spokane.  So as we struggle through and are tempted to react to today's doom and gloom, we need also look ahead at what we will be leaving future generations long after we, and these troubled times, are gone," Mayor Verner said. 

"I want to leave a City that is lean, green, and not so mean with a government that runs an efficient, tight ship; an economy that thrives on goods and services that promote a healthy environment; and on regional relationships that are focused on collaboration and partnership rather than litigation and turf struggles."

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