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Wow, thanks for that great explanation. Almost sounds criminal how they are doing business.
Great article. Thank you for writing it :)
Dang, I was out of town last week and did not hear the results until today. At least our 2 votes were counted for the measure. Now they will have to spend more money to do another election. :( Mostly it was just anti big government "think tanks" swaying weak minded individuals :( It is too bad :(
It was a pretty great measure overall and would have helped a lot of people.
^Mark, this article is a rebuttal to an attacking article written by The Washington Policy Center about his initial article: http://www.inlander.com/spokane/the-ties-t… .
The electric trolly is a very tiny portion of the levy and that is why many are not giving it much thought. It requires Spokane Citizens to come up with 12 Million dollars(The total costs of the trolly is 80 million but it is mostly paid for by a federal grant) which is a little more then 10% of what the new tax will provide. I personally don't completely support the trolly but because it is rolled into this whole ballot measure, I will be supporting. We need to try something new. I have been wishing for a lightrail system for 20 years and I don't think the politicians in Spokane are ever going to get together to actually make it happen. I am curious if we will ever actually get a north south freeway, that has been over 60 years in the making. Some progress is good, so the trolly could make a difference.
One great thing which is also a curse of Spokane is we feel and act like we are a little town but the reality is that we are a rapidly growing city. I love the smaller town feel but we NEED to start preparing for big city issues. The transportation issues between the north side and south side of Spokane are going to really hurt in the next few decades as the city grows. Unless we magically start driving flying cars, we need a way to make transportation work better in our little town.
Allie's Pizzeria is AWESOME!!! Best pizza in town!
Interesting. Both articles show some cool growth for Spokane. I am sad that they have to destroy the old building though. I wonder why they could not make it work. It looks much nicer then the new convention center hotel/parking lot monstrosity.
I am fine with the change. I do believe that they believed they were being honest with voters last November.
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