Spokane Tries Pilot Projects in Animal Control and Budget Plan

By Paige Browning

Monday, Spokane’s mayor held one of his periodic news conferences, this time focusing on the cities efforts toward efficiency. 

Amidst pilot programs to make city services the most affordable they can be, Mayor David Condon says the city has poured its three budgets into one document, to better assess spending and budget needs. The capital program, the budget for city programs, and the line-item budget are laid out in one plan for the first time.
Condon: “This goes into detail, especially over the next six years, of looking at the capital investments across the organization, how we’re integrating those. And we’re really asking for the citizens’ involvement and looking at that as they see where those investments are going to be made.”

The complete plan is available on Spokanecity.org.
Another effort to streamline city services is in animal control. Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service, or SCRAPS, took over all city animal control as of January 1st. SCRAPS Director Nancy Hill says the amount of calls and animals coming in has already doubled. She says they will move to a new location hopefully in May to accommodate for the jump in business.
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