2011

ROBERT A KROBOTH

FOR MAYOR

 

In 2007, The Spokane City West Central Community Center refused to run my mayoral candidate advertisement in their monthly publication that is subsidized by the City of Spokane.

The United States Supreme Court has ruled that when a publication refuses to run an advertisement, it is depriving that person of freedom of the press.  Political dialogue is the core of freedom of speech.

KROBOTH FOR MAYOR, CITY OF SPOKANE

 


SPOKANE CITY COUNCIL

VOTES WITHOUT

PUBLIC TESTIMONY

 

At 3:30 PM on the days of the City Council Meeting, the Spokane City Council votes regarding the Mayor’s Consent Agenda.  Typical of an intransigent, profligate, Nazi-Fascist government, input and questions are not allowed from citizens, which is an unconscionable violation of civil rights.  In a free society, the City Council would give access to testimony from citizens.

99-08-02     Real Estate Purchase and Sale Agreement with Richard H Schubach to purchase property located at 3603 E Frederick Av – $165,000.00.  [This property was assessed at $78,200.00 for Tax Year 1999].  BACK ROOM VOTE.

For:   Orville L Barnes, Jeff Colliton, Roberta Greene, Robert M Higgins, Phyllis J Holmes,

Cheryl L Rodgers, John J Talbott.

99-09-27     Council considered the request of a citizen to move Current Consent Agenda Items 8 and 9 (both items relate to the Waste to Energy Facility) to the evening agenda.  Mayor John J Talbott requested that the items continue to remain under the Consent Agenda.  Council Members concurred against the citizen’s request.  BACK ROOM VOTE.

00-04-24     Exercise Option Agreement with Inland Northwest Corporation per Parks Bond Issue to acquire 5.66 acres of park land north of Riverfront Park – $3.491 million plus buyer’s closing costs.  [When this ballot issue was presented in the fall of 1999, the voters were not informed that for the previous twenty years, Riverfront Park had had an average deficit per year of $600,000.00.]

For:   Steve Corker, Stephen K Eugster, Roberta Greene, Robert M Higgins,

Phyllis J Holmes, Cheryl L Rodgers, John J Talbott.

One way we can control a government that has animosity toward rationale and integrity is to cut back on its revenue.  We can diminish our purchase of items that require payment of a sales tax.

APPEAL YOUR ASSESSED PROPERTY VALUE     When you receive a revaluation notice, you have 30 days from receipt of the notice in which to file an appeal with the County Board of Equalization.  If you disagree with the assessed value of your property and your property value did not change, you have from January 1 through July 1 to file an appeal with the SPOKANE COUNTY BOARD OF EQUALIZATION, 721 N Jefferson St  # 201.

SPOKANE COUNTY ASSESSOR

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PUBLICLY OWNED GOLF COURSES

 

There are four publicly owned golf courses in Spokane City and three in Spokane County.  They are exempt from property taxes, whereas private enterprise golf courses pay property taxes.  Employees are laid off in the winter to draw their unemployment, which increases the rate that the city/county pays to the state for unemployment insurance.

Indian Canyon city golf course and the county golf courses have their own wells, so they do not even pay for water which now becomes a subsidy.  All golf courses contribute to the decline of our water table which is dropping.  Publicly owned golf courses should be either sold to private enterprise or let them become wilderness areas.  The taxpayers are tired of supporting golfers and their habit.  Golfing is not a necessity of life.  We do not have a publicly owned hospital in Spokane City or County.

The argument against this is that if they were sold off, green fees would go up so that private enterprise could make a profit.  That sounds reasonable, but the opposite is true.  By prorating on the basis of the number of holes a golf course has, green fees at private golf courses are less expensive; and the number of employees needed to maintain them is fewer.  Simply put, private enterprise demands efficiency and dedicated employees.

Residential water rates are $.58 per 100 cubic feet.  Commercial and industrial water rates, which both public and private golf courses pay, begin at $.58 per 100 cubic feet decreasing by the volume of water used in a month until the rate is $.35 per hundred cubic feet.  Most of the water used is at this lowest rate.  It should be that larger consumers of water pay a higher rate as volume increases.  This would help conserve our water table.  It is also an increasing practice around this and other countries.

The Spokane City Water and Hydroelectric Services is an Enterprise Fund.  The primary source of revenue is the sale of water and electric power.  The replacement of city water pipes must be paid for through their own revenue only.  Consequently, this replacement is slow.  Spokane City receives a 17% tax on water or approximately $3 million annually.  Why cannot the city pay for some of the street improvements after the water pipes are replaced so that replacement can be speeded up?  Where are Spokane City priorities?

96-05-28     C-31645   An ordinance regarding Golf Fund.  From Federal Emergency Management Agency – $250,000.00.  To Other Repairs and Maintenance, same amount.  (This action amends the budget to account for flood damage repairs at the Creek at Qualchan Golf Course with funds reimbursed through FEMA.  FEMA has its intended purposes, but it is difficult to believe that one of them is to pay for golf courses.  In this case, a golf course that incompetent city engineers built on a known flood plain.

For:   Orville L Barnes, Jeff Colliton, John “Jack” V Geraghty Jr, Roberta Greene.

ABSENT:   Phyllis J Holmes.

97-12-08     Resolution 97-112 authorizing an interfund loan from the Water and Hydroelectric Fund to the Golf Fund to pay for services previously rendered in the amount of $215,931.00 to be repaid by 07-31-00.

For:   Orville L Barnes, Jeff Colliton, John “Jack” V Geraghty Jr, Roberta Greene,

Phyllis J Holmes, Cheryl L Rodgers.

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PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS

PLUNDERING THE PUBLIC PURSE

 

96-06-24     Resolution 96-75 approving certain action of the State of Washington Economic Development Finance Authority and the issuance of its Non-Recourse Revenue Bonds to finance an Industrial Development Facility for Bayou Brewing Company, and providing for other matters properly relating thereto.  With Council approval, the Washington Economic Development Finance Authority will issue bonds not to exceed $600,000.00 pursuant to a loan agreement to pay the cost of equipping a microbrewery.

96-06-24     Resolution 96-79 approving the issuance of bonds by the Industrial Development Corporation of Spokane County, Washington, and providing for other matters properly relating thereto.  With Council approval, the Industrial Development Corporation will issue

$3.15 million in bonds to Interlock Realty Company to finance the cost of acquiring, constructing and equipping facilities for the production of metal roofing and siding panels.

For:   Jeff Colliton, Roberta Greene, Phyllis J Holmes.

ABSENT:   Orville L Barnes, John “Jack” V Geraghty Jr.

01-01-22      Resolution 01-2 approving certain action of the State of Washington Economic Development Finance Authority and the issuance of its Non-Recourse Revenue Bonds to finance an Industrial Development Facility for Proto Manufacturing, Inc. and Half Diamond JL, LLC (collectively, “The Company”), and providing for other matters properly relating thereto.  With Council approval, the Washington Economic Development Finance Authority will issue bonds not to exceed $2.4 million pursuant to a loan agreement for the purchase of land and an existing building, and the purchase and installation of precision sheet metal fabrication equipment.

For:   Steve Corker, Stephen K Eugster, Robert M Higgins, Phyllis J Holmes,

Cheryl L Rodgers.

ABSENT:   Roberta Greene.

Our grand children are being molested

with public debt by these parasites.

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HISTORIC PROPERTY

EXEMPTIONS

MONUMENTS TO INFAMY

 

The following real estate is on the Spokane County Assessor List of Historic Exemptions and/or Special Valuation Participants (SVP).  The chosen few owners receive the entitlement of a ten year property tax abatement for rehabilitation.  Nothing more than a scheme for some property owners to pay less than their fair share of property taxes.  The annual budgets are Spokane City $89,939.00 and Spokane County $40,000.00 to perpetrate this fraud against the rest of the property taxpayers.  The following annual property exemption amounts listed are the amounts that are subtracted from property appraisal-assessment values prior to computing the property tax.  The list is cumulative and contains properties where the ten year annual exemption has expired.  For income producing properties, an additional 20% federal investment tax credit exists.

SD  Properties on which the property appraisal-assessment values have stayed the same as or declined below the assessment year prior to the exemption period for these mentioned years.

NA  Properties on which a record of the assessment year prior to the exemption period is not available on the computer.

NO  Properties on which no property taxes were paid for these mentioned years.

Augusta Av  1308 E     35084.4103     Marie E Dever     SVP 5 years     

     Annual Exemption $5,300.00

Cataldo Av  411 W     35181.4408     Inland Northwest Dairies, Inc.     

     Annual Exemption $459,419.00

Cedar St  05 S     35192.0101     Wells & Company Renovation Partners     

     Annual Exemption $564,720.00     SD 96, 97, 98, 99     NO 96, 97, 98, 99

Cedar St  10 S     25241.0101     Integrus Architecture Partnership     

     Annual Exemption $1,39,645.00     NO 95, 96, 97, 98

Cedar St  11 S     35192.0102     Wells & Company Renovation Partners     

     Annual Exemption $366,050.00

Cedar St  106 S (1401 W 1st Av)     25241.1201     Grand Coulee Building Partners c/o

     Wells & Company     Annual Exemption $578,841.00     NO 97, 98, 99

Cedar St  319-321 S     35192.2911     Frederick J Garst     SVP     

     Annual Exemption $20,400.00     SD 92, 93, 94

Celesta Av  1421 E     35212.2808     Sherry M Kimball     SVP 5 years     

     Annual Exemption $300,000.00

Coeur d'Alene St  416 S     25242.1405     Amparo Y McDuffie     SVP     

     Annual Exemption $42,000.00     SD 93, 94

Custer St  5705 S     34023.0105     L Kathleen Chapman     

     Annual Exemption $128,389.00     SD 99

Howard St  9 S     35191.2001     Joel & Jon LLC     Annual Exemption $214,851.00

Lincoln St  731 S     35193.4402     Mary Joan Reuthinger     

     Annual Exemption $26,879.00     SD 99

Lincoln St  811 S     35193.4404     Cory S Colvin     SVP     Annual Exemption $20,953.00

Main Av  1 E     35173.0611     Owen & Julia Clarke     Annual Exemption $253,900.00     

     SD 98     NO 98, 99

Main 404 W     35184.2013     Liberty Partners     Annual Exemption $3,734,487.00

Main Av  707-719 W     35183.0401     Cavanaughs Hospitality, Ltd     

     Annual Exemption $8,788,070.00     SD 97     NO 97, 98, 99

Main Av  1608 W     25134.3825     R R Wells     SVP     

     Annual Exemption $176,000.00     NO 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99

Maple Bl  1708 S     25251.1414     J M Bingham Etux     Annual Exemption $36,650.00     

Mission Av  525 E     35083.4706     NW Regional Foundation     SVP 5 years     

     Annual Exemption $31,000.00

Monroe St  804 S     35193.0505     Square Circle Investments     

     Annual Exemption $139,340.00

Montgomery Av  925 W     35073.2602     Neil L Axtell     SVP     

     Annual Exemption $100,000.00     SD 95, 96     NO 95, 96

Pacific Av  1617 W     25241.1503     Robert A Brown     

     Annual Exemption $68,546.00     SD 96, 97, 98, 99

Pacific Av  2236 W     25242.0914     Children's Ark     R Ronald Wells     SVP     

     Annual Exemption $133,900.00     NO 96, 97, 98, 99

Post St  206 S     35192.2306     Carlyle Hotel     Edward A Hoffman     SVP     

     Annual Exemption $353,308.00

Randolph Rd  3911 & 3915 W     25113.0045     Olde Fort Limited Partnership     SVP 6 years

     Annual Exemption $1,687,500.00     NO 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97

Riverside Av  505 W     35184.2701     Fernwell Bg     Fernwell Associates     SVP 5 years     

     Annual Exemption $1,100,000.00     SD 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97     NO 92, 93, 94, 95, 96

Riverside Av  929 W     35183.0904     Review Bg     Cowles Publishing

     Company     SVP     Annual Exemption $2,814,500.00      

     SD 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99     NO 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96

Riverside Av  1108 W     35183.2229     Masonic Temple     

     Annual Exemption $1,335,000.00     SD 94, 95, 96, 97, 98

Riverside Av  1116 W     35183.2238     North Coast Life Insurance Company     SVP     

     Annual Exemption $1,880,000.00     SD 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99

Riverside Av  1229 W     35183.1207     San Marco Apartments Limited Partnership /

     R R Wells     SVP 5 years     Annual Exemption $275,000.00

Riverside Av  1516 W     25241.0217     Riverside Partnership     SVP 5 years     

     Annual Exemption $41,300.00     SD 92, 93

Rockwood Bl  527 E     35203.3505     Keith N Hylton     SVP     

     Annual Exemption $26,300.00

Sprague Av  807 W     35192.0601     Davenport Sun Int     

     Annual Exemption $1,395,600.00     SD 98, 99     NO 98, 99

Sprague Av  808 W     35183.0614     Joseph M & Mary Z Dinnison     

     Annual Exemption $351,000.00     SD 96

Sprague Av  901 W     35192.0507     The Met     Metropolitan Mortgage & Securities     SVP  

     Annual Exemption $635,000.00

Summit Bl  852 N     25141.0421     R R Wells & J W Barnes     

     Annual Exemption $567,376.00     SD 95, 96     NO 95, 96, 97, 98

Sumner Av  414 W     35194.0902     George W Caton     SVP     

     Annual Exemption $70,800.00

Sumner Av  709 W     35193.4510     Peter F & Marilyn Grossman     SVP     

     Annual Exemption $35,200.00     SD 93

Superior St  1114 N     35171.0017     BWM Partnership     

     Annual Exemption $296,000.00     NA     NO 90, 91, 92, 93, 94

Superior St  1216 N     35171.0015     Academy Apartments Limited Partnership     SVP     

     Annual Exemption $2,212,000.00     NA     NO 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98

Trent Av  528 E     35173.0120     Schade Towers L L C     

     Annual Exemption $538,690.00     SD 98

Upper Terrace Rd  1729 S     35291.2506     Curtis and Nancy Wickre     

     Annual Exemption $111,746.00

Upper Terrace Rd  1910 S     35291.2801     S G Joseph     

     Annual Exemption $79,753.00     

Wall St  221 N     35183.1301     WCB Three Limited Partnership     SVP 6 years     

     Annual Exemption $5,500,000.00     NO 95, 96, 97

Waverly Pl  243 W     35071.1203     Kenneth McCandless     SVP     

     Annual Exemption $51,779.00

Waverly Pl  403 W     35071.1301     Lynn C & Janet R Norby     

     Annual Exemption $28,536.00     SD 99

Waverly Pl  621 W     35071.1403     Ted Horobiowski     SVP     

     Annual Exemption $40,600.00     SD 93

Waverly Pl  709 W     35072.1501     M A & T A Arndt     

     Annual Exemption $39,318.00     

1st Av  423 W     35191.2303     Mound Hardware General Partnership /

     Stephen K Eugster     Annual Exemption $237,086.00     SD 98, 99

1st Av  1111 W     35192.1209     Otis Associates Limited Partnership     

     Annual Exemption $315,526.00     NO 97, 98

1st Av   1319-1325 W     35192.1401     Eldridge Bg     R Ronald Wells     

     Annual Exemption $959,521.00     NO 97, 98, 99

1st Av  1923 W     25241.0809     Russ A Moltke     SVP 5 years     

     Annual Exemption $15,000.00     

1st Av  2316 W     25242.1023     Eastern Washington Historical Society     

     Annual Exemption $1,791,000.00     NA     NO 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96

2nd Av  229 W     35191.1101     Spokane Neighborhood Action     

     Annual Exemption $487,500.00     NO 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99

2nd Av  2124 W     25242.0107     James L Red     Annual Exemption $37,500.00     NA

2nd Av  2128 W     25242.0106     Graham E Johnson     Annual Exemption $69,399.00

2nd Av  2404 W     25242.0409     Poplar Apartments     R Ronald Wells     SVP 5 years     

     Annual Exemption $68,300.00

3rd Av  28 W     35191.1310     Hugh Brown / Katherine Karcher     

     Annual Exemption $63,415.00

5th Av  1314 E     35201.6036     Larry B Collins     SVP     

     Annual Exemption $22,800.00     SD 93

5th Av  414 W     35191.3908     Walter Haig II     Annual Exemption $156,000.00     

     SD 95, 96, 97, 98     NO 95, 96, 97, 98     Became government property beginning in1999.

7th Av  701 W     35193.5105     Marycliff Associates     SVP     

     Annual Exemption $799,272.00     SD 93     NO 95, 96, 97, 98, 99

7th Av  815 W     35193.5103     Jerry F Ressa     SVP     Annual Exemption $320,000.00     

9th Av  241 E     35203.1019     Joan L Butler     Annual Exemption $21,147.00

9th Av  1405 W     25244.4101     John A Moyer, MD      former Washington State

     Senator     SVP     Annual Exemption $80,300.00

13th Av  238 E     35203.3321     Nicholas J Tanner     SVP     

     Annual Exemption $76,900.00     SD 92, 93

16th Av  204 W     35301.0719     Timothy & Cynthea Cunningham     

     Annual Exemption $59,600.00     SD 98

17th Av  2526 E     35281.0331     Mark E & Diana L Graham     

     Annual Exemption $189,878.00

Fruithill Rd  4705 N     45045.9053     David and Harold Mielke / Mielke Farms     SVP     

     Annual Exemption $133,074.00

2nd St  121     Cheney     13133.5605     Martha L Christensen     

     Annual Exemption $15,219.00     SD 99

4th St  308     Cheney     13132.1007     Dorothy E Anderson     

     Annual Exemption $22,063.00     SD 99

5th & Pine Sts     Latah     51301.2502     John Oss     SVP     Annual Exemption $13,800.00

Exemptions for old buildings cause blight.  New construction shuns the area.

Lost Annual Revenue from Historic Property Exemptions diverts tax revenues which would otherwise go to fund schools – in violation of Article IX, § 2 of the Washington State Constitution.

Tax Increment Financing was found to be unconstitutional by the Washington State Supreme Court because of this approach.

Under this decision, it is opportune for every School District in the State of Washington to file a lawsuit for damages against the State of Washington, all elected representatives that voted this state law into effect, and within the effected School Taxing District, against all property owners that are taking an Historic Property Exemption, political subdivisions that enacted these ordinances, elected representatives that voted these ordinances into effect, past and present Historic Preservation Officers, Historic Landmarks Commissioners, Assessors and elected representatives that voted to place a property on the Historic Register.

Any School District that does not sue can be sued for not suing.

Spokane City/County Historic Landmarks Commission

Past and Present

Daniel E Barrett

Lori Nicol Bingham

George Bryant

Gary L Chilton

Gary T Connor

Bruceann Culbertson

Stephen B Emerson

Frank J Gebhardt

Elizabeth Godlewski

Lloyd Herman

Joan Hollowell

Sarah A Keller

Shawn D Kyes

Frederic Long

Bette Meyer

Joanne Moyer, wife of former

Washington State Senator John A Moyer

Mitchell O’Connell

Robert Ogden,

North Coast Life Insurance Company

Marsha Rooney

David Shockley

R Ronald Wells, Wells & Company

Ronald Wendle

When some property owners do not pay their fair share of property taxes, everyone else has to pay more.  If we continue to patronize these businesses, including business tenants, and continue to elect them to public office, maybe we are just plain fools.

One way we can control a government that has animosity toward rationale and integrity is to cut back on its revenue.  We can diminish our purchase of items that require payment of a sales tax.

Vote against every School Levy until this matter is adjudicated by the Washington State Supreme Court.

APPEAL YOUR ASSESSED PROPERTY VALUE     When you receive a revaluation notice, you have 30 days from receipt of the notice in which to file an appeal with the County Board of Equalization.  If you disagree with the assessed value of your property and your property value did not change, you have from January 1 through

July 1 to file an appeal with the SPOKANE COUNTY BOARD OF EQUALIZATION, 721 N Jefferson St  # 201.

SPOKANE COUNTY ASSESSOR

96-01-02     Interlocal Agreement with Spokane County for funding of Historic Preservation Office for 1996 – $106,998.00 (City $66,998.00, County $40,000.00).

For:   Orville L Barnes, Jeff Colliton, John “Jack” V Geraghty Jr, Roberta Greene,

Phyllis J Holmes.

97-03-10     Interlocal Agreement with Spokane County for funding of Historic Preservation Office for 1997 – $112,376.00 (City $72,376.00, County $40,000.00).  BACK ROOM VOTE.

For:   Orville L Barnes, John “Jack” V Geraghty Jr, Roberta Greene, Cheryl L Rodgers.

ABSENT:   Jeff Colliton, Phyllis J Holmes.

98-02-23     Interlocal Agreement with Spokane County for funding of Historic Preservation Office for 1998 – $119,939.00 (City $89,939.00, County $30,000.00).  BACK ROOM VOTE.

For:   Jeff Colliton, Phyllis J Holmes, Cheryl L Rodgers, John J Talbott.

ABSENT:   Orville L Barnes, Roberta Greene, Robert M Higgins.

99-03-15     Interlocal Agreement with Spokane County for funding of Historic Preservation Office for 1999 – $119,063.94 (City $89,063.94, County $30,000.00).  BACK ROOM VOTE.

For:   Orville L Barnes, Jeff Colliton, Roberta Greene, Robert M Higgins, Phyllis J Holmes,

Cheryl L Rodgers, John J Talbott.

00-03-06      Interlocal Agreement with Spokane County for funding of Historic Preservation Office for 2000 – $109,090.00 (City $79,090.00, County $30,000.00).

For:   Steve Corker, Roberta Greene, Robert M Higgins, Phyllis J Holmes, Cheryl L Rodgers,

John J Talbott.

ABSENT:   Stephen K Eugster.

01-09-04     Interlocal Agreement with Spokane County for funding of Historic Preservation Office for 2001 – $172,708.00 (City $142,708.00, County $30,000.00).

For:   Steve Corker, Stephen K Eugster, Roberta Greene, Robert M Higgins,

Phyllis J Holmes, Dean Lynch, Cheryl L Rodgers.

HISTORIC PROPERTY EXEMPTIONS — MONUMENTS TO INFAMY

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COMMUNITY ORIENTED POLICING SERVICES

MONEY BETTER SPENT FOR MORE POLICE OFFICERS

 

An organization with a bunch of biddies that know nothing, but want to run everything.  Police officers find them hard to tolerate.  Besides, we do not need or want a private police force that answers only to the Spokane City Police Chief, and not to the Citizens Review Commission.  COPS volunteers go to the Spokane City Police Department and look up names on the computer in order to find out what is known about individuals.  Someday, they will be wearing long sleeved brown shirts with arm bands that read RR for Rohm’s Raiders.

95-03-27     One year contract with Spokane COPS to assist neighborhoods with the organization, operation and evaluation of community policing programs; and, in addition, to act as liaison between the Police Department, neighborhoods, community groups and businesses, both for the purpose of program development/implementation and the solicitation and processing of charitable contributions – $60,000.00.

For:   Orville L Barnes, Joel Crosby, John “Jack” V Geraghty Jr, Phyllis J Holmes,

Beverlee J Numbers.

96-01-02     Renewal contract with Crime Check of Spokane County, Inc. to provide community law enforcement programs such as Block Watch through 96-12-31 – $141,351.00.  BACK ROOM VOTE.

96-01-02     Contract amendment for increase from $60,000.00 to $75,000.00 with Spokane COPS to assist neighborhoods in organizing and operating COP stations, act as a liaison with the Police Department and community groups and the public; and to act as a tax-exempt organization for receipt of charitable contributions to the COPS Program through 96-02-28.

For:   Orville L Barnes, Jeff Colliton, John “Jack” V Geraghty Jr, Roberta Greene,

Phyllis J Holmes.

96-04-22     Contract with Spokane COPS for the physical improvements to the COPS Neva-Wood building at...not to exceed $92,374.06 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds.

For:   Orville L Barnes, Jeff Colliton, John “Jack” V Geraghty Jr, Roberta Greene,

Phyllis J Holmes.

96-07-01     Contract amendment between the City of Spokane and Spokane COPS adding $30,000.00 in new federal grant money through 96-12-31.  BACK ROOM VOTE.

For:   Orville L Barnes, Jeff Colliton, Roberta Greene, Phyllis J Holmes.

ABSENT:   John “Jack” V Geraghty Jr.

97-01-06     Contract with Spokane COPS to continue the COPS Program through 97-12-31 – $118,106.00.

For:   Orville L Barnes, Jeff Colliton, John “Jack” V Geraghty Jr, Roberta Greene,

Phyllis J Holmes.

97-12-22     Renewal contract with Crime Check of Spokane County, Inc. to provide community law enforcement programs such as Block Watch through 98-12-31 – $142,955.00.  BACK ROOM VOTE.

97-12-22     Contract with Spokane COPS to continue the COPS Program through 98-12-31 – $132,925.00.

For:   Orville L Barnes, Jeff Colliton, John “Jack” V Geraghty Jr, Cheryl L Rodgers.

ABSENT:   Roberta Greene, Phyllis J Holmes.

98-06-15      Contract amendment with Spokane COPS for increase of $20,000.00 to fund a COP Demonstration Center with funding awarded by the U. S. Department of Justice.  Total 1998 contract amount $152,925.00.  BACK ROOM VOTE.

For:   Orville L Barnes, Jeff Colliton, Roberta Greene, Robert M Higgins, Phyllis J Holmes,

Cheryl L Rodgers.

ABSENT:   John J Talbott.

00-01-10     Contract with Spokane COPS (and Block Watch) to continue the COPS Program through 00-12-31 – $210,000.00.

For:   Steve Corker, Stephen K Eugster, Roberta Greene, Robert M Higgins,

Phyllis J Holmes, Cheryl L Rodgers, John J Talbott.

00-01-31     Renewal contract with Crime Check of Spokane County, Inc. to provide community law enforcement programs such as Block Watch through 00-12-31 – $813,443.00.

For:   Steve Corker, Stephen K Eugster, Roberta Greene, Robert M Higgins,

Phyllis J Holmes, Cheryl L Rodgers, John J Talbott.

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97-01-27     C-31823   An ordinance relating to off-street parking facilities, providing for the development and acceptance of full legal and unencumbered title to the River “Pork” Square Parking Garage located adjacent to Civic Center facilities, creating the Parking Meter Revenue Fund, contingently pledging money in said fund to make certain payments to the City’s Public Development Authority and providing for other matters properly relating thereto.

For:   Orville L Barnes, Jeff Colliton, John “Jack” V Geraghty Jr, Roberta Greene,

Phyllis J Holmes.

The City of Spokane paid $26 million for this garage that did not include the land.  The garage is worth maybe $7 million, provided the land was included.  The taxpayers were defrauded by the Cowles Gang!

01-08-08     Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issues a preliminary determination that the $31.5 million in revenue bonds used to finance the River “Pork” Square Parking Garage do not qualify for tax-exempt status.

97-06-30     C-31403   An ordinance vacating Post St from Spokane Falls Bl to Main Av.

97-06-30     C-31404   An ordinance vacating the alley between Spokane Falls Bl and Main Av from Post St to Wall St.  For the construction of a new Nordstrom building in conjunction with the redevelopment of River “Pork” Square.

For:   Orville L Barnes, Jeff Colliton, John “Jack” V Geraghty Jr, Roberta Greene,

Phyllis J Holmes, Cheryl L Rodgers.

98-07-27     Loan documents including a Contract for Loan Guarantee Assistance, Note, Fiscal Agency Agreement and Master Fiscal Agency Agreement between the City of Spokane and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the purpose of obtaining and guarantying a § 108 Loan.  This loan is for $22.65 million plus a $1 million grant for the construction of a new Nordstrom building in conjunction with the redevelopment of River “Pork” Square.  Spokane City will be the guarantor of this loan for private business.  These parasites plunder the public purse and molest our grand children with public debt.

For:   Orville L Barnes, Jeff Colliton, Robert M Higgins, Phyllis J Holmes.

Against:   Cheryl L Rodgers, John J Talbott.

ABSENT:   Roberta Greene.

The Spokane City Council believes in the golden rule.  Whoever has the gold makes the rules.  When you have minority rule, you have Nazi-Fascist government.  For forty years that is what we have had in Spokane City.  Nazi-Fascist government carries with it the dictum that we ordinary citizens are not intelligent enough – plain dumb may be a better word – to see the real truth in any proposition.  Typical of an intransigent, profligate, Nazi-Fascist government, citizens are not allowed to vote, an unconscionable violation of civil rights.

The emergency ordinance

is the new implement of oppression

by Nazi-Fascist government.

Even after gathering signatures to place the issue on the ballot, citizens were not allowed to vote on the redevelopment of River “Pork” Square.  They were denied their constitutional right to referendum because it was passed as an emergency ordinance by the Spokane City Council.  This ordinance was not an emergency because it was not necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health or safety within the meaning of Article XI, § 1 (b) of the Washington State Constitution.

Spokane County Superior Court Judge Kathleen M O’Connor ruled against the right of citizens to vote.

Washington State Supreme Court Justices Gerry L Alexander, James M Dolliver, Richard P Guy, Charles W Johnson, Barbara A Madsen, Richard B Sanders, Charles Z Smith and Philip A Talmadge ruled against the right of citizens to vote.

The wrongs of the Spokane City Council

and the Washington State Supreme Court have been

so calculated, so malignant and so devastating

that civilization cannot tolerate their being ignored;

because it cannot survive their being repeated.

01-09-24     Resolution 01-86 calling for and supporting court convened mediation in the River “Pork” Square litigation.

For:   Steve Corker, Robert M Higgins, Phyllis J Holmes, Dean Lynch.

Against:   Stephen K Eugster, Cheryl L Rodgers.

ABSENT:   Roberta Greene.

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MUNICIPAL PROPERTY

PAYS ASSESSMENTS TO

PUBLIC-PRIVATE ORGANIZATION

 

95-06-05     C-31392   An ordinance establishing a Downtown Spokane Parking and Business Improvement Area (PBIA), providing for the levy of special assessments upon businesses and properties within the area, the deposit of revenues in a special account and expenditures there from, and providing for an operating agreement with the Downtown Spokane Partnership.  Special annual assessments for the Spokane Municipal Bg (City Hall) – $1,152.00, Spokane Municipal Main Library – $5,400.00, Spokane Municipal Riverfront Park – $7,500.00 and Spokane Municipal Opera House – $1,500.00.  An additional contribution (over and above PBIA assessments) from the City of Spokane for Maintenance and Security is $200,000.00 per year.  Projected costs by the City of Spokane for Administration (billing and collection) are $140,000.00 for the first year and $90,000.00 per year thereafter with no reimbursement from PBIA funds.

For:   Orville L Barnes, John “Jack” V Geraghty Jr, Phyllis J Holmes, Beverlee J Numbers.

                                                        ABSENT:   Joel Crosby.

01-10-01     C-32914   An ordinance providing for City participation with the Downtown Spokane Partnership and the Business Improvement District (BID) in a Comprehensive Downtown Parking Management Plan to review a wide range of parking activities including parking meters, structured parking, parking enforcement, rates and other related parking issues.  Business Improvement District (BID) – $50,000.00, Downtown Spokane Partnership – $10,000.00, Spokane City – $40,000.00.

For:   Steve Corker, Roberta Greene, Robert M Higgins, Phyllis J Holmes, Dean Lynch.

Against:   Stephen K Eugster, Cheryl L Rodgers.

01-11-12     C-32923   An ordinance establishing a Downtown Spokane Parking and Business Improvement Area (PBIA), providing for the levy of special assessments upon businesses and properties within the area, the deposit of revenues in a special account and expenditures there from, and providing for an operating agreement with an appropriate business association for program management.  Special annual assessments for the Spokane Municipal Bg (City Hall) @ $.80 per $1,000.00 of total assessed valuation for a total amount of $5,143.68; Spokane Municipal Main Library @ $.80 per $1,000.00 of total assessed valuation for a total amount of $5,811.12; Spokane Municipal Riverfront Park and one other park parcels @ $150.00 per acre for a total amount of $1,155.00; Spokane Municipal Opera House/Convention Center assessed as park property @ $150.00 per acre for a total amount of $7,500.00; Spokane Municipal Fire Station # 4 @ $.60 per $1,000.00 of total assessed valuation for a total amount of $298.14; Four Spokane Municipal Parking Lots and two other lots @ $.60 per $1,000.00 of total assessed valuation for a total amount of $809.04.  An additional contribution (over and above PBIA assessments) from the City of Spokane as a city services contract is $150,000.00 per year.

All of these taxpayer owned properties are exempt from property taxes, but will pay PBIA assessments.  The City of Spokane owns and maintains Riverfront Park, the Opera House and the Convention Center.  These facilities attract a lot of people, many from out of the city.  This is good for downtown businesses.  The Fire Station is there for these same downtown businesses.  It is an insult for taxpayers to pay assessments to a public‑private organization.

For:   Steve Corker, Roberta Greene, Robert M Higgins, Phyllis J Holmes, Dean Lynch.

Against:   Stephen K Eugster, Cheryl L Rodgers.

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CIVIL RIGHTS VIOLATIONS OF CITIZENS

 

For many years, Spokane City has had a voluntary, unified charity organization to receive and disperse funds to local charities that participate in the fundraising.  Citizens can even specify to which individual charity they wish their contribution to frequent.  Citizens vote with their money.  It is their freedom of speech.

When government gives taxpayer money to charities, government is depriving citizens of this first amendment right.

Taxpayers should not be forced to contribute money to any religious organization.  The U. S. Constitution and the Washington State Constitution provide for separation of church and state.

The Spokane City Council and the Washington State Legislature violate this separation of church and state by contributing taxpayer money to religious organizations.

These religious organizations are not required to file a tax-exempt nonprofit corporation’s federal annual informational tax return Form 990 nor a Washington State mandatory annual financial report.

For the calendar year 1997, the City of Spokane gave different Catholic charities $70,230.00 from the city’s general fund and $418,234.00 from United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds for a total of $488,464.00.

For the calendar year 1998, the City of Spokane gave different Catholic charities $77,084.00 from the city’s general fund and $341,028.00 from United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds for a total of $418,112.00.

For the calendar year 1999, the City of Spokane gave different Catholic charities $77,084.00 from the city’s general fund and $388,500.00 from United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds for a total of $465,584.00.

For the calendar year 2000, the City of Spokane gave different Catholic charities $106,595.00 from the city’s general fund; $90,560.00 from Washington State Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development funds; and $214,937.00 from United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds for a total of $412,092.00.

For the calendar year 2001, the City of Spokane gave different Catholic charities $88,200.00 from the city’s general fund; $101,937.00 from Washington State Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development funds; and $522,819.00 from United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds for a total of $712,956.00.

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95-04-24     Grant Agreement with INLAND EMPIRE RESIDENTIAL RESOURCES

[EIN 91-1485632] dba EIGHT-ELEVEN DEVELOPMENT, a nonprofit corporation, to provide partial financing for the construction of two handicapped-accessible triplexes at...$26,880.00 in HOME funds representing approximately 6.5% of the total project costs of $413,934.00.  Community Development.

For:   Orville L Barnes, Joel Crosby, John “Jack” V Geraghty Jr, Phyllis J Holmes,

Beverlee J Numbers.

A demand for a copy of their federal annual informational tax return Form 990 would have revealed the following information:

INLAND EMPIRE RESIDENTIAL RESOURCES               Darryl K Reber

25 W Nora Av 7807 E Sprague Av                       Director of Development

Spokane  WA  99205 99212-2936                        (509) 325-2275 926-0462

EIN 91-1485632

Contributions, Gifts, Grants – Direct Public Support                         P-1 L-1a                                                                                                           $1,020.00

Contributions, Gifts, Grants – Government Grants                             P-1 L-1c                                                                                                           $67,476.00

Total Revenue for Fiscal Year Ending ÙJune 30, 1994                    P-1 L-12                                                                                                           $130,174.00

Program Services Expenses (charitable purposes)                              P-1 L-13                                                                                                           $110,010.00

Total Expenses                                                                                   P-1 L-17                                                                                                           $169,409.00

Deficit for Year                                                                                P-1 L-18                                                                                                           $39,235.00

Other salaries and Wages – Total                                                       P-2 L-26 (A)                                                                                                           $56,222.00

Other Salaries and Wages – Management and General 1 person        P-2 L-26 (C)                                                                                                           $34,991.00

Payroll Taxes – Total                                                                         P-2 L-29 (A)                                                                                                           $6,996.00

Payroll Taxes – Management and General 1 person                          P-2 L-29 (C)                                                                                                           $4,702.00

Travel Expenses – Total                                                                     P-2 L-39 (A)                                                                                                           $1,480.00

Travel Expenses – Management and General                                     P-2 L-39 (C)                                                                                                           $686.00

Cash – Non-Interest Bearing – End of Year                                       P-3 L-45 (B)                                                                                                           $4,089.00

Savings and Temporary Cash Investments – End of Year                  P-3 L-46 (B)                                                                                                           $666.00

{96-12-13     Washington State Secretary of State Corporations Division – Charities reports:  INLAND EMPIRE RESIDENTIAL RESOURCES organization was created “1990”, first mandatory annual financial report filed 96‑10‑21 for fiscal year ending 95‑06‑30.}

95-10-23     Grant Agreement with NORTHWEST FAIR HOUSING ALLIANCE

[EIN 91-1653645] for the promotion of fair housing from 95-10-01 through 96-03-03 – $22,000.00 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds.

For:   Orville L Barnes, John “Jack” V Geraghty Jr, Phyllis J Holmes, Beverlee J Numbers.

ABSENT:   Joel Crosby.

95-12-11     Grant Agreement with HABITAT FOR HUMANITY [EIN 94-3066722] to provide funding for the acquisition of a minimum of 6 residential building lots on which low-income single family residences and or duplexes will be constructed – $70,723.45 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds.  {96-12-13  Washington State Secretary of State Corporations Division – Charities reports:  HABITAT FOR HUMANITY last filed mandatory annual financial report 95-11-02 for calendar year “1994”.}

95-12-11     Grant Agreement with SPOKANE NEIGHBORHOOD ACTION PROGRAMS (SNAP) [EIN 91-1311127] to provide partial funding for construction of 11 3-bedroom units of low-income housing – $275,000.00 in HOME funds.  {97-03-26  Washington State Secretary of State Corporations Division – Charities reports:  SPOKANE NEIGHBORHOOD ACTION PROGRAMS (SNAP) last filed mandatory annual financial report 96-03-12 for calendar year “1994”.}

95-12-11     Grant Agreement with SPOKANE HOUSING VENTURES (SHV)

[EIN 91-1551154] to provide partial funding for acquisition and rehabilitation of 8 units of low-income housing – $61,500.00 in HOME funds.

For:   Orville L Barnes, Joel Crosby, John “Jack” V Geraghty Jr, Phyllis J Holmes,

Beverlee J Numbers.

96-01-02     Grant Agreement amendment with R. E. M. [REAL ESTATE MANAGEMENT] ASSOCIATION [EIN 91-1633655] for the creation of a social service center at...and authorization to proceed with construction – $381,100.00 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds.  {96-12-13  Washington State Secretary of State Corporations Division – Charities reports:  R. E. M. [REAL ESTATE MANAGEMENT] ASSOCIATION not registered.}  BACK ROOM VOTE.

For:   Orville L Barnes, Jeff Colliton, John “Jack” V Geraghty Jr, Roberta Greene,

Phyllis J Holmes.

96-02-19     Grant Agreement with SPOKANE NEIGHBORHOOD ACTION PROGRAMS (SNAP) [EIN 91-1311127] to provide supportive services and intensive case management for homeless families, and to lease 12 units for sheltering of homeless families and single women.  18-month contract not to exceed $230,075.00.  [This averages $1,065.00 per month per unit.  You can lease a three bedroom apartment with swimming pool, sauna and Jacuzzi for this kind of money.]  {97-03-26  Washington State Secretary of State Corporations Division – Charities reports:  SPOKANE NEIGHBORHOOD ACTION PROGRAMS (SNAP) last filed mandatory annual financial report 96-03-12 for calendar year “1994”.} 

BACK ROOM VOTE.

96-02-19     Grant Agreement with COMMUNITY HEALTH ASSOCIATION

[EIN 91-1641797] [Organization not listed in phone book or with directory assistance.] to provide outreach and supportive services to homeless individuals transitioning to permanent housing.  18-month contract not to exceed $106,634.00.  {97-02-27  Washington State Secretary of State Corporations Division – Charities reports:  COMMUNITY HEALTH ASSOCIATION not registered.}  BACK ROOM VOTE.

96-02-19     Grant Agreement with TRANSITIONAL PROGRAMS FOR WOMEN

[EIN 91-1307272] to provide intensive case management and a drop-in center for homeless women.  18-month contract not to exceed $59,565.00.  {97-02-27  Washington State Secretary of State Corporations Division – Charities reports:  TRANSITIONAL PROGRAMS FOR WOMEN not registered.}  {97-04-23  Washington State Secretary of State Corporations Division – Charities sends letter to TRANSITIONAL PROGRAMS FOR WOMEN stating:  Your organization must cease soliciting or receiving donations until currently registered.}  BACK ROOM VOTE.

96-02-19     Contract with BARBARA RITTER [SS 518-58-3868] to provide evaluation and assessment tools for the Innovative Homeless Project.  18-month contract not to exceed $23,090.00.  BACK ROOM VOTE.  The total of these last three items is $189,289.00 or 82.27% of the first item.  How many organizations does it take to change a light bulb?  Four!  One to hold the light bulb and three more to wring the pockets of the taxpayers.

For:   Jeff Colliton, John “Jack” V Geraghty Jr, Roberta Greene, Phyllis J Holmes.

ABSENT:   Orville L Barnes.

96-03-18     Grant Agreement with SPOKANE COMMUNITY HOUSING ASSOCIATION (SCHA) [EIN 91-1545042] to provide partial funding for the construction of two duplexes – $140,000.00 in HOME funds (total project cost $383,750.00).  BACK ROOM VOTE.

96-03-18     Grant Agreement with SPOKANE COMMUNITY HOUSING ASSOCIATION (SCHA) [EIN 91-1545042] to provide partial funding for the construction of a single family home – $35,000.00 in HOME funds (total project cost $92,700.00).  {96-12-13  Washington State Secretary of State Corporations Division – Charities reports:  SPOKANE COMMUNITY HOUSING ASSOCIATION (SCHA) last filed mandatory annual financial report 94-05-23 for calendar year “1993” with 33.69% of total revenue applied to charitable purpose.}  BACK ROOM VOTE.

For:   Orville L Barnes, Jeff Colliton, John “Jack” V Geraghty Jr, Roberta Greene,

Phyllis J Holmes.

96-04-01     Grant Agreement with SPOKANE HOUSING VENTURES (SHV)

[EIN 91-1551154], a local nonprofit corporation, to provide partial funding for the acquisition and rehabilitation of 9 of 12 low-income housing units – $83,250.00 in HOME funds (total project cost $586,250.00).  BACK ROOM VOTE.

For:   Orville L Barnes, Jeff Colliton, Roberta Greene, Phyllis J Holmes.

ABSENT:   John “Jack” V Geraghty Jr.

96-06-03     Grant Agreement with NEW HORIZON CARE CENTERS, INC.

[EIN 91-6001280] [Organization not listed in phone book or with directory assistance.] to provide $285,000.00 in HOME funds as partial funding for the acquisition of the Sun Ray Court, a 29-unit apartment complex at...(total project cost $1,596,210.00).  {96-12-13  Washington State Secretary of State Corporations Division – Charities reports:  NEW HORIZON CARE CENTERS, INC. not registered.}  BACK ROOM VOTE.

96-06-03     Grant Agreement with GREATER SPOKANE LOW INCOME HOUSING DEVELOPMENT CONSORTIUM dba SPOKANE LOW INCOME HOUSING CONSORTIUM (SLIHC) [EIN 91-1494828] for Property Acquisition Program to assist member nonprofit organizations in development of housing for low-income households – $323,046.10 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds.  {96-12-13  Washington State Secretary of State Corporations Division – Charities reports:  GREATER SPOKANE LOW INCOME HOUSING DEVELOPMENT CONSORTIUM dba SPOKANE LOW INCOME HOUSING CONSORTIUM (SLIHC) organization was created “1990”, last filed mandatory annual financial report 95-05-18.} 

BACK ROOM VOTE.

For:   Orville L Barnes, Jeff Colliton, John “Jack” V Geraghty Jr, Roberta Greene.

ABSENT:   Phyllis J Holmes.

96-07-15     Contract with KIEMLE AND HAGOOD COMPANY [EIN 91-0912180] [a for profit, domestic corporation] for Single Family Housing Rehabilitation Program Manager Services for the Community Development Program – $586,770.00 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds.  This fee is to manage a total of $2.5 million in HUD, CDBG and HOME funds for a management percentage of 23.47%. 

BACK ROOM VOTE.

For:   Orville L Barnes, Jeff Colliton, John “Jack” V Geraghty Jr, Roberta Greene,

Phyllis J Holmes.

96-10-14     Grant Agreement with INLAND EMPIRE RESIDENTIAL RESOURCES

[EIN 91-1485632] to provide partial funding for the construction of two duplexes,...

$140,000.00 in HOME funds (total project cost $354,000.00).  {96-12-13  Washington State Secretary of State Corporations Division – Charities reports:  INLAND EMPIRE RESIDENTIAL RESOURCES organization was created “1990”, first mandatory annual financial report filed 96-10-21 for fiscal year ending 95-06-30.}  BACK ROOM VOTE.

96-10-14     Deferred Loan Agreement with JOSEPH D and KRISTI A HARWOOD and CORY S. and ELIZABETH S COLVIN (HARWOOD AND COLVIN) to provide partial financing for the construction of five duplexes...$334,180.00 in HOME funds (total project cost $668,360.00).  BACK ROOM VOTE.

For:   Orville L Barnes, Jeff Colliton, John “Jack” V Geraghty Jr, Roberta Greene,

Phyllis J Holmes.

96-10-21     Assignment of Washington State Housing Assistance Program contract to INLAND EMPIRE RESIDENTIAL RESOURCES [EIN 91-1485632], a nonprofit housing provider – $140,000.00.  {96-12-13  Washington State Secretary of State Corporations Division – Charities reports:  INLAND EMPIRE RESIDENTIAL RESOURCES organization was created “1990”, first mandatory annual financial report filed 96-10-21 for fiscal year ending 95-06-30.}

For:   Jeff Colliton, John “Jack” V Geraghty Jr, Roberta Greene.

ABSENT:   Orville L Barnes, Phyllis J Holmes.

96-11-25     Contract with SPOKANE HOUSING AUTHORITY [EIN 91-0965156] for a HOME program funded tenant based rental assistance program for low-income households. – $798,935.00 in HOME funds (96-11-06 to 99-04-30).  {97-02-27  Washington State Secretary of State Corporations Division – Charities reports:  SPOKANE HOUSING AUTHORITY not registered.}  BACK ROOM VOTE.

For:   Jeff Colliton, John “Jack” V Geraghty Jr, Roberta Greene, Phyllis J Holmes.

ABSENT:   Orville L Barnes.

96-12-02     Grant Agreement with VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA [EIN 91-0577131] for reroofing their facility at 525 W 2nd Av – $27,514.00 including tax – Community Development project.  BACK ROOM VOTE.

For:   Orville L Barnes, Jeff Colliton, Roberta Greene, Phyllis J Holmes.

ABSENT:   John “Jack” V Geraghty Jr.

97-01-13     Grant Agreements with the agencies listed.  Total allocation $444,437.00 of approved 1997 Human Services budget, plus $47,700.00 of approved 1997 Community Development budget.  {97-02-07  Washington State Secretary of State Corporations Division – Charities reports:  Of the thirty-three (33)charities that the Spokane City Council approved for funding, seven (7) are not currently registered; and another nine (9) are religious organizations.}  These religious organizations are not required to file a tax-exempt nonprofit corporation’s federal annual informational tax return Form 990 nor a Washington State mandatory annual financial report.  Taxpayers should not be forced to contribute money to any religious organization.

For:   Orville L Barnes, Jeff Colliton, John “Jack” V Geraghty Jr, Roberta Greene,

Phyllis J Holmes.

97-03-31     Loan Agreement with SPOKANE NEIGHBORHOOD ACTION PROGRAMS (SNAP) [EIN 91-1311127] for construction of a three bedroom single family rental – $65,000.00 in HOME funds.  {97-03-26  Washington State Secretary of State Corporations Division – Charities reports:  SPOKANE NEIGHBORHOOD ACTION PROGRAMS (SNAP) last filed mandatory annual financial report 96-03-12 for calendar year “1994”.}  BACK ROOM VOTE.

For:   Orville L Barnes, Jeff Colliton, John “Jack” V Geraghty Jr, Roberta Greene,

Phyllis J Holmes, Cheryl L Rodgers.

97-04-07     Accept United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds – $856,164.00 and authorization to enter into contracts with various agencies.  Of the six (6) charities that the Spokane City Council approved for funding, two (2) are religious organizations.  These religious organizations are not required to file a tax-exempt nonprofit corporation’s federal annual informational tax return Form 990 nor a Washington State mandatory annual financial report.  Taxpayers should not be forced to contribute money to any religious organization.  BACK ROOM VOTE.

For:   Orville L Barnes, Jeff Colliton, Roberta Greene, Phyllis J Holmes, Cheryl L Rodgers.

ABSENT:   John “Jack” V Geraghty Jr.

97-04-28     Grant Agreements with SALVATION ARMY [EIN 91-0565002] [This religious organization is not required to file a tax-exempt nonprofit corporation’s federal annual informational tax return Form 990 nor a Washington State mandatory annual financial report.  Taxpayers should not be forced to contribute money to any religious organization.] and YFA CONNECTIONS [EIN 23-7049675] dba YOUTH HELP ASSOCIATION to provide treatment programs as a diversion from jail for individuals arrested for a misdemeanor DUI / Substance Abuse or Domestic Violence Perpetrators.  Total allocation $60,000.00 of approved 1997 Human Services budget.  BACK ROOM VOTE.

97-04-28      Accept United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds – $187,135.00 and authorization to enter into contracts with various agencies.  The one (1) charity that the Spokane City Council approved for funding is a religious organization.  This religious organization is not required to file a tax-exempt nonprofit corporation’s federal annual informational tax return Form 990 nor a Washington State mandatory annual financial report.  Taxpayers should not be forced to contribute money to any religious organization.  BACK ROOM VOTE.

For:   Orville L Barnes, John “Jack” V Geraghty Jr, Roberta Greene, Phyllis J Holmes,

Cheryl L Rodgers.

ABSENT:   Jeff Colliton.

97-05-12     Grant Agreement with COMMUNITY HEALTH ASSOCIATION OF SPOKANE (CHAS) [EIN 91-1641797] – $259,500.00 [Organization not listed in phone book or with directory assistance.]  {97-02-27  Washington State Secretary of State Corporations Division – Charities reports:  COMMUNITY HEALTH ASSOCIATION not registered.}  {97-05-09  Washington State Secretary of State Corporations Division – Charities reports:  COMMUNITY HEALTH ASSOCIATION OF SPOKANE (CHAS) organization was created “1994”, first mandatory annual financial report filed 97-05-09 for fiscal year ending 96-10-31.}  United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds.  BACK ROOM VOTE.

For:   Orville L Barnes, Jeff Colliton, John “Jack” V Geraghty Jr, Roberta Greene,

Phyllis J Holmes, Cheryl L Rodgers.

97-05-19     Grant Agreement with CASAS SALVADAS LIMITED PARTNERSHIP [Organization not listed in phone book or with directory assistance.] SPOKANE HOUSING VENTURES (SHV) [EIN 91-1551154], general partner – $40,000.00 in HOME funds.  [Federal Form 990 for the year ending 96-12-31 should be filed and available.]  BACK ROOM VOTE.

97-05-19     Loan Agreement with NEW HORIZON CARE CENTERS, INC.

[EIN 91-1113010] [Organization not listed in phone book or with directory assistance.] – $23,000.00 in HOME funds.  {96-12-13  Washington State Secretary of State Corporations Division – Charities reports:  NEW HORIZON CARE CENTERS, INC. not registered.}  BACK ROOM VOTE.

97-05-19     Grant Agreement with SPOKANE COMMUNITY HOUSING ASSOCIATION (SCHA) [EIN 91-1545042] – $35,000.00 in HOME funds {96-12-13  Washington State Secretary of State Corporations Division – Charities reports:  SPOKANE COMMUNITY HOUSING ASSOCIATION (SCHA) last filed mandatory annual financial report 94-05-23 for calendar year “1993” with 33.69% of total revenue applied to charitable purpose.}  [For year ending 95-12-31, organization received $93,367.00 in Direct and Indirect Public Support, a high enough amount that they are required to register with the Washington State Secretary of State Corporations – Charities with 31.99% of total revenue applied to charitable purpose and with an excess for the year of $67,970.00.  With an excess/surplus like this, why do they need $35,000.00 in HOME funds?]  [Federal Form 990 for the year ending 96-12-31 should be filed and available.]  BACK ROOM VOTE.

For:   Orville L Barnes, Jeff Colliton, Roberta Greene, Phyllis J Holmes, Cheryl L Rodgers.

ABSENT:   John “Jack” V Geraghty Jr.

97-07-14     Contract with CMA [CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION] PROJECT MANAGEMENT [a for profit, domestic corporation] for Single Family Housing Rehabilitation Program Manager Services for the Community Development Program – $395,000.00 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds.  This fee is to manage a total of $2.05 million in HUD, CDBG and HOME funds for a management percentage of 19.26%.  BACK ROOM VOTE.***

For:   Orville L Barnes, Jeff Colliton, John “Jack” V Geraghty Jr, Roberta Greene,

Phyllis J Holmes, Cheryl L Rodgers.

97-08-18     Loan Agreement and Subordination Agreement with Edward A. and Deborah Hoffman, owners of the CARLYLE PERSONAL CARE CENTER (THE “CARLYLE”), [a for profit, domestic corporation] to provide part of the financing for a comprehensive Carlyle rehabilitation – $150,000.00 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. 

BACK ROOM VOTE.

For:   Orville L Barnes, Jeff Colliton, John “Jack” V Geraghty Jr, Roberta Greene,

Phyllis J Holmes, Cheryl L Rodgers.

97-12-22     Grant Agreements with the agencies listed.  Total allocation $444,430.00 of approved 1998 Human Services budget, plus $47,700.00 of approved 1998 Community Development budget.  {97-12-22  Washington State Secretary of State Corporations Division – Charities reports:  Of the thirty-five (35)charities that the Spokane City Council approved for funding, eight (8) are not currently registered; and another nine (9) are religious organizations.}  These religious organizations are not required to file a tax-exempt nonprofit corporation’s federal annual informational tax return Form 990 nor a Washington State mandatory annual financial report.  Taxpayers should not be forced to contribute money to any religious organization.

For:   Orville L Barnes, Jeff Colliton, John “Jack” V Geraghty Jr, Cheryl L Rodgers.

ABSENT:   Roberta Greene, Phyllis J Holmes.

For the calendar year 1997, the City of Spokane gave different Catholic charities $70,230.00 from the city’s general fund and $418,234.00 from United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds for a total of $488,464.00.

98-01-26     Grant Agreement with SPOKANE HOUSING VENTURES (SHV)

[EIN 91-1551154] a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit housing provider for the partial financing of the acquisition and rehabilitation of 33 units – $240,000.00 in HOME funds. 

BACK ROOM VOTE.

For:   Orville L Barnes, Jeff Colliton, Roberta Greene, Phyllis J Holmes, Cheryl L Rodgers,

John J Talbott.

ABSENT:   Robert M Higgins.

98-03-02     Loan Agreement with CORY S and ELIZABETH S COLVIN, husband and wife, and JOSEPH D and KRISTI A HARWOOD, husband and wife, – $275,000.00 in HOME funds.  BACK ROOM VOTE.

For:   Jeff Colliton, Roberta Greene, Robert M Higgins, Phyllis J Holmes, Cheryl L Rodgers,

John J Talbott.

ABSENT:   Orville L Barnes.

98-03-30     Grant Agreement with SPOKANE COMMUNITY HOUSING ASSOCIATION (SCHA) [EIN 91-1545042] – $36,600.00 to be used for the acquisition of three lots on which single-family houses will be constructed and sold to qualifying low-income families.  [Their federal annual informational tax return Form 990 as filed with the IRS for the calendar year 1996 indicates that 23.96% of Total Revenue went for Program Services Expenses (charitable purposes), with Cash and Cash Investments at End of Year of $66,059.00.]  BACK ROOM VOTE.

For:   Orville L Barnes, Jeff Colliton, Roberta Greene, Robert M Higgins, Phyllis J Holmes,

Cheryl L Rodgers, John J Talbott.

98-05-04     Grant Agreements with SPOKANE NEIGHBORHOOD ACTION PROGRAMS (SNAP) [EIN 91-1311127], a nonprofit organization, for the replacement of an aged heating system at the Collins Apartments, 204 S Wall St. – $121,200.00 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds.  BACK ROOM VOTE.

98-05-04     Loan Agreement with Mary C and Donald J O’Connor, husband and wife, for improvements to the Saint Claire Apartments – $27,280.00 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds.  BACK ROOM VOTE.

For:   Jeff Colliton, Robert M Higgins, Phyllis J Holmes, Cheryl L Rodgers, John J Talbott.

ABSENT:   Orville L Barnes, Roberta Greene.

98-06-01     Grant Agreement with SPOKANE NEIGHBORHOOD ACTION PROGRAMS’ (SNAP) [EIN 91-1311127] Supplemental Assistance for Facilities to Assist the Homeless (SAFAH) – $302,606.00.  United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds.  BACK ROOM VOTE.

98-06-01     Accept United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds – $285,931.00 and authorization to enter into contracts with various agencies.  Of the four (4) charities that the Spokane City Council approved for funding, three (3) are religious organizations.  These religious organizations are not required to file a tax-exempt nonprofit corporation’s federal annual informational tax return Form 990 nor a Washington State mandatory annual financial report.  Taxpayers should not be forced to contribute money to any religious organization.  BACK ROOM VOTE.

For:   Roberta Greene, Robert M Higgins, Phyllis J Holmes, Cheryl L Rodgers,

John J Talbott.

ABSENT:   Orville L Barnes, Jeff Colliton.

98-06-15     Grant Agreement with TRANSITIONAL PROGRAMS FOR WOMEN

[EIN 91-1307272] LIVING CENTER – $209,846.00 [This religious organization is not required to file a tax-exempt nonprofit corporation’s federal annual informational tax return Form 990 nor a Washington State mandatory annual financial report.  Taxpayers should not be forced to contribute money to any religious organization.]  United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds.  BACK ROOM VOTE.

98-06-15      Grant Agreement with COMMUNITY DETOX OF SPOKANE’S CUB HOUSE

[EIN 91-1108762] – $109,206.00.  United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds.  BACK ROOM VOTE.

For:   Orville L Barnes, Jeff Colliton, Roberta Greene, Robert M Higgins, Phyllis J Holmes,

Cheryl L Rodgers.

ABSENT:   John J Talbott.

98-06-22     Grant Agreement with COMMUNITY HEALTH ASSOCIATION OF SPOKANE (CHAS) [EIN 91-1641797] – $105,562.00.  United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds.  BACK ROOM VOTE

For:   Orville L Barnes, Jeff Colliton, Roberta Greene, Robert M Higgins, Phyllis J Holmes,

Cheryl L Rodgers, John J Talbott.

98-07-06     Contract with CMA [CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION] PROJECT MANAGEMENT [a for profit, domestic corporation] for Single Family Housing and Roofs Only Program Manager Services for the Community Development Program – $467,666.59 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds.  This fee is to manage a total of $2.25 million in HUD, CDBG and HOME funds for a management percentage of 20.78%.  BACK ROOM VOTE.

98-07-06     Grant Agreement with BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES, INC. to provide domestic violence perpetrator and chemical dependency treatment – $35,876.00. 

BACK ROOM VOTE

For:   Orville L Barnes, Jeff Colliton, Roberta Greene, Cheryl L Rodgers, John J Talbott.

ABSENT:   Robert M Higgins, Phyllis J Holmes.

98-07-13     Grant Agreement with SPOKANE NEIGHBORHOOD ACTION PROGRAMS (SNAP) [EIN 91-1311127] – $107,500.00 in HOME funds.  BACK ROOM VOTE

For:   Orville L Barnes, Jeff Colliton, Robert M Higgins, Phyllis J Holmes,

Cheryl L Rodgers, John J Talbott.

ABSENT:   Roberta Greene.

For the calendar year 1998, the City of Spokane gave different Catholic charities $77,084.00 from the city’s general fund and $341,028.00 from United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds for a total of $418,112.00.

99-01-25     Grant Agreements with the agencies listed.  Total allocation $443,579.00 of approved 1999 Human Services budget, plus $47,760.00 of approved 1999 Community Development budget.  Of the thirty-eight (38) charities that the Spokane City Council approved for funding, twelve (12) are religious organizations.  These religious organizations are not required to file a tax-exempt nonprofit corporation’s federal annual informational tax return Form 990 nor a Washington State mandatory annual financial report.  Taxpayers should not be forced to contribute money to any religious organization.

For:   Orville L Barnes, Jeff Colliton, Roberta Greene, Robert M Higgins, Phyllis J Holmes,

John J Talbott.

Against:   Cheryl L Rodgers.  [First time any council member votes against, she changes her mind on the next ones.]

99-07-06     Accept United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds – $1,264,834.00 and authorization to enter into contracts with various agencies.  Of the five (5) charities that the Spokane City Council approved for funding, one (1) is a religious organization.  This religious organization is not required to file a tax-exempt nonprofit corporation’s federal annual informational tax return Form 990 nor a Washington State mandatory annual financial report.  Taxpayers should not be forced to contribute money to any religious organization.  BACK ROOM VOTE.

For:   Orville L Barnes, Jeff Colliton, Roberta Greene, Robert M Higgins, Phyllis J Holmes,

Cheryl L Rodgers, John J Talbott.

99-12-13     Contract with Washington State Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development for Transitional Housing, Operating and Rent Program in the amount of $435,224.00 and authorization to enter into contracts with….  Of the four (4) charities that the Spokane City Council approved for funding, two (2) are religious organizations.  These religious organizations are not required to file a tax-exempt nonprofit corporation’s federal annual informational tax return Form 990 nor a Washington State mandatory annual financial report.  Taxpayers should not be forced to contribute money to any religious organization.  BACK ROOM VOTE.

For:   Orville L Barnes, Roberta Greene, Robert M Higgins, Phyllis J Holmes,

Cheryl L Rodgers, John J Talbott.

ABSENT:   Jeff Colliton.

For the calendar year 1999, the City of Spokane gave different Catholic charities $77,084.00 from the city’s general fund and $388,500.00 from United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds for a total of $465,584.00.

00-01-31     Grant Agreements with the agencies listed.  Total allocation $449,795.00 of approved 2000 Human Services budget, plus $47,250.00 of approved 2000 Community Development budget.  Of the twenty-four (24) charities that the Spokane City Council approved for funding, eleven (11) are religious organizations.  These religious organizations are not required to file a tax-exempt nonprofit corporation’s federal annual informational tax return Form 990 nor a Washington State mandatory annual financial report.  Taxpayers should not be forced to contribute money to any religious organization.

For:   Steve Corker, Robert M Higgins, Phyllis J Holmes, Cheryl L Rodgers, John J Talbott.

Against:   Roberta Greene.

Abstain:   Stephen K Eugster.

00-02-21     Grant Agreement with SPOKANE NEIGHBORHOOD ACTION PROGRAMS (SNAP) [EIN 91-1311127] – $307,500.00 in HOME funds.

For:   Steve Corker, Stephen K Eugster, Roberta Greene, Robert M Higgins,

Phyllis J Holmes, Cheryl L Rodgers, John J Talbott.

00-03-27     Grant Agreements with the agencies listed.  Total allocation $166.000.00 of approved 2000 Human Services budget.  Of the twenty-two (22) charities that the Spokane City Council approved for funding, five (5) are religious organizations.  These religious organizations are not required to file a tax-exempt nonprofit corporation’s federal annual informational tax return Form 990 nor a Washington State mandatory annual financial report.  Taxpayers should not be forced to contribute money to any religious organization.

For:   Steve Corker, Stephen K Eugster, Roberta Greene, Phyllis J Holmes,

Cheryl L Rodgers, John J Talbott.

ABSENT:   Robert M Higgins.

00-04-10     Grant Agreement with SPOKANE NEIGHBORHOOD ACTION PROGRAMS (SNAP) [EIN 91-1311127] – $45,000.00 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds.

For:   Steve Corker, Stephen K Eugster, Roberta Greene, Robert M Higgins,

Phyllis J Holmes, Cheryl L Rodgers, John J Talbott.

00-04-24     Contract with Washington State Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development for Transitional Housing, Operating and Rent Program and authorization to enter into contract with SPOKANE NEIGHBORHOOD ACTION PROGRAMS (SNAP)

[EIN 91-1311127] – $5,000.00.

For:   Steve Corker, Stephen K Eugster, Roberta Greene, Robert M Higgins,

Phyllis J Holmes, Cheryl L Rodgers, John J Talbott.

00-05-08     Grant Agreement with SPOKANE NEIGHBORHOOD ACTION PROGRAMS (SNAP) [EIN 91-1311127] – $35,000.00 in HOME funds.

For:   Steve Corker, Robert M Higgins, Phyllis J Holmes, Cheryl L Rodgers, John J Talbott.

ABSENT:   Stephen K Eugster, Roberta Greene.

00-05-15      Grant Agreement with BERNADETTE PLACE – $20,000.00 in HOME funds.  This religious organization is not required to file a tax-exempt nonprofit corporation’s federal annual informational tax return Form 990 nor a Washington State mandatory annual financial report.  Taxpayers should not be forced to contribute money to any religious organization.

For:   Steve Corker, Stephen K Eugster, Phyllis J Holmes, Cheryl L Rodgers,

John J Talbott.

ABSENT:   Roberta Greene, Robert M Higgins.

00-05-15      Accept United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds – $497,466.00 and authorization to enter into contracts with various agencies.  Of the eight (8) charities that the Spokane City Council approved for funding, two (2) are religious organizations.  These religious organizations are not required to file a tax-exempt nonprofit corporation’s federal annual informational tax return Form 990 nor a Washington State mandatory annual financial report.  Taxpayers should not be forced to contribute money to any religious organization.

For:   Steve Corker, Stephen K Eugster, Phyllis J Holmes, Cheryl L Rodgers,

John J Talbott.

ABSENT:   Roberta Greene, Robert M Higgins.

00-05-30     Accept United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds – $371,615.00 and authorization to enter into contracts with various agencies.  Of the five (5) charities that the Spokane City Council approved for funding, three (3) are religious organizations.  These religious organizations are not required to file a tax-exempt nonprofit corporation’s federal annual informational tax return Form 990 nor a Washington State mandatory annual financial report.  Taxpayers should not be forced to contribute money to any religious organization.

For:   Steve Corker, Stephen K Eugster, Roberta Greene, Robert M Higgins,

Phyllis J Holmes, Cheryl L Rodgers, John J Talbott.

00-07-10     Loan Agreement with CORY S and ELIZABETH S (G) COLVIN, husband and wife, and JOSEPH D and KRISTI A HARWOOD, husband and wife, – $171,442.00 in HOME funds.

For:   Steve Corker, Stephen K Eugster, Roberta Greene, Phyllis J Holmes,

Cheryl L Rodgers, John J Talbott.

ABSENT:   Robert M Higgins.

For the calendar year 2000, the City of Spokane gave different Catholic charities $106,595.00 from the city’s general fund; $90,560.00 from Washington State Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development funds; and $214,937.00 from United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds for a total of $412,092.00.

01-01-08     Grant Agreements with the agencies listed.  Total allocation $428,941.00 of approved 2001 Human Services budget, plus $49,125.00 of approved 2001 Community Development budget.  Of the thirty (30) charities that the Spokane City Council approved for funding, nine (9) are religious organizations.  These religious organizations are not required to file a tax-exempt nonprofit corporation’s federal annual informational tax return Form 990 nor a Washington State mandatory annual financial report.  Taxpayers should not be forced to contribute money to any religious organization.

For:   Steve Corker, Stephen K Eugster, Roberta Greene, Robert M Higgins,

Phyllis J Holmes, Cheryl L Rodgers.

01-04-16      Grant Agreement with SPOKANE COMMUNITY HOUSING ASSOCIATION (SCHA) [EIN 91-1545042] – $35,000.00 in HOME funds.

01-04-16     Contract Amendment with SPOKANE NEIGHBORHOOD ACTION PROGRAMS (SNAP) [EIN 91-1311127] to increase contract amount to expand rental assistance for transitional housing for the homeless – $8,891.00

For:   Steve Corker, Stephen K Eugster, Roberta Greene, Phyllis J Holmes, Dean Lynch,

Cheryl L Rodgers.

ABSENT:   Robert M Higgins.

01-04-16     Contract Amendment with VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA OF SPOKANE

[EIN 91-0577131] to increase contract to provide transitional housing for teen parents – $6,661.00

For:   Steve Corker, Roberta Greene, Phyllis J Holmes, Dean Lynch, Cheryl L Rodgers.

Abstain:   Stephen K Eugster.

ABSENT:   Robert M Higgins.

01-05-21     Contract Amendment with LUTHERAN SOCIAL SERVICES OF WASHINGTON & IDAHO [EIN 91-1052804] dba SPOKANE SEXUAL ASSAULT CENTER to extend the term and increase the amount – $6,866.61

01-05-21     Contract Amendment with YOUNG WOMENS CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION (YWCA) to extend the term and increase the amount – $27,936.33   These religious organizations are not required to file a tax-exempt nonprofit corporation’s federal annual informational tax return Form 990 nor a Washington State mandatory annual financial report.  Taxpayers should not be forced to contribute money to any religious organization.

For:   Steve Corker, Roberta Greene, Robert M Higgins, Phyllis J Holmes, Dean Lynch,

Cheryl L Rodgers.

ABSENT:   Stephen K Eugster.

01-06-18     Accept United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds – $1,470,413.00 and authorization to enter into contracts with various agencies.  Of the fifteen (15) charities that the Spokane City Council approved for funding, seven (7) are religious organizations.  These religious organizations are not required to file a tax-exempt nonprofit corporation’s federal annual informational tax return Form 990 nor a Washington State mandatory annual financial report.  Taxpayers should not be forced to contribute money to any religious organization.

For:   Steve Corker, Stephen K Eugster, Robert M Higgins, Phyllis J Holmes, Dean Lynch,

Cheryl L Rodgers.

ABSENT:   Roberta Greene.

01-06-25     Accept United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds – $505,316.00 and authorization to enter into contracts with various agencies.  Of the six (6) charities that the Spokane City Council approved for funding, two (2) are religious organizations.  These religious organizations are not required to file a tax-exempt nonprofit corporation’s federal annual informational tax return Form 990 nor a Washington State mandatory annual financial report.  Taxpayers should not be forced to contribute money to any religious organization.

For:   Steve Corker, Roberta Greene, Robert M Higgins, Phyllis J Holmes, Dean Lynch,

Cheryl L Rodgers.

ABSENT:   Stephen K Eugster.

01-07-09     Contract with Washington State Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development for Transitional Housing, Operating and Rent Program in the amount of $244,269.00 and authorization to enter into contracts with….  Of the four (4) charities that the Spokane City Council approved for funding, two (2) are religious organizations.  These religious organizations are not required to file a tax-exempt nonprofit corporation’s federal annual informational tax return Form 990 nor a Washington State mandatory annual financial report.  Taxpayers should not be forced to contribute money to any religious organization.

For:   Steve Corker, Stephen K Eugster, Roberta Greene, Robert M Higgins,

Phyllis J Holmes, Dean Lynch, Cheryl L Rodgers.

01-07-30     Grant Agreement with NEW HORIZON CARE CENTERS, INC.

[EIN 91-6001280] [Organization not listed in phone book or with directory assistance.] to provide $35,000.00 in HOME funds for improvements to Sun Ray Court, a 29-unit apartment complex at...

01-07-30     Contract with KIEMLE AND HAGOOD COMPANY [EIN 91-0912180] [a for profit, domestic corporation] for Single Family Housing Rehabilitation and Roofs Only Repair and Replacement Programs Manager Services for the Community Development Program – $390,922.00 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds.  This fee is to manage a total of $1.99 million in HUD, CDBG and HOME funds for a management percentage of 19.63%.

For:   Steve Corker, Stephen K Eugster, Roberta Greene, Robert M Higgins,

Phyllis J Holmes, Dean Lynch, Cheryl L Rodgers.

01-08-13     Grant Agreement with SPOKANE NEIGHBORHOOD ACTION PROGRAMS (SNAP) [EIN 91-1311127] for improvements to an apartment building at… – $54,775.00 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds.

For:   Steve Corker, Stephen K Eugster, Roberta Greene, Robert M Higgins,

Phyllis J Holmes, Dean Lynch, Cheryl L Rodgers.

01-08-27     Grant and Covenant Agreement with INLAND EMPIRE RENTAL RESOURCES for the construction of two affordable housing units – $100,000.00 in HOME funds.

For:   Steve Corker, Stephen K Eugster, Roberta Greene, Robert M Higgins,

Phyllis J Holmes, Dean Lynch, Cheryl L Rodgers.

01-11-05     Grant Agreement with The Delaney, a subsidiary of Catholic Charities and  single-asset entity, for improvements to The Delaney, an apartment building located at… – $66,250.00 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds.

This religious organization is not required to file a tax-exempt nonprofit corporation’s federal annual informational tax return Form 990 nor a Washington State mandatory annual financial report.  Taxpayers should not be forced to contribute money to any religious organization.

For:   Steve Corker, Stephen K Eugster, Roberta Greene, Robert M Higgins,

Phyllis J Holmes, Dean Lynch, Cheryl L Rodgers.

For the calendar year 2001, the City of Spokane gave different Catholic charities $88,200.00 from the city’s general fund; $101,937.00 from Washington State Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development funds; and $522,819.00 from United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds for a total of $712,956.00.

It is unlawful for Washington State Charities to solicit or accept contributions without first being currently registered; i.e., the filing of mandatory annual financial reports with State of Washington Secretary of State Corporations Division – Charities.  This makes the Spokane City Council and Spokane City Management conspirators in fraud against the taxpayers, and subject to prosecution under the RICO Act by any citizen.

Spokane City Offices of Community Development, Human Services and Spokane City Council never demand copies of a tax-exempt nonprofit corporation’s federal annual informational tax return Form 990 including Schedule A with all six pages of each form along with all attachments, statements and extensions as filed with the IRS for the most recent year.  Neither do they ask the Washington State Secretary of State Corporations Division – Charities for copies of the required to be filed mandatory annual financial reports.  Many of the Spokane nonprofit corporations that are given money do not file these mandatory annual financial reports.  Neither Spokane City Offices of Community Development, Human Services or Spokane City Council do background checks on the officers and directors of these nonprofit corporations.  It is unlawful for a bank or any financial institution with depositors to loan money without first making a background check.  The city of Spokane gives money away without these background checks because they receive a ten percent commission to run their offices with.

How much is tax-exempt nonprofit corporation management taking out for unconscionable salaries, pension plan contributions and other benefits?  When taxpayers pay for all of this, the taxpayers should know what the amounts are.

How many of these officers and directors have criminal records?

Community Development Funds for Spokane City

are $5 million per year.

This is federal grant money that our grandchildren will have to pay back.  When will this child molestation stop?

95-03-20     Two Real Estate Purchase and Sale Agreements with Kim A. and Carol A. Hemphill for purchase of single-family houses at 1719 W Boone Av – $48,900.00 [This property is assessed at $36,200.00 for Tax Year 1995.] and 1723 W Boone Av – $47,500.00 [This property is assessed at $33,400.00 for Tax Year 1995.] for low-income housing – total purchase $96,400.00 plus estimated closing costs of $2,000.00.

For:   Orville L Barnes, Joel Crosby, John “Jack” V Geraghty Jr, Phyllis J Holmes,

Beverlee J Numbers.

95-10-02     Real Estate Purchase and Sale Agreement with Ted and Ann Schuh for purchase of a single-family residence at 1604 E Lacrosse Av for low-income housing – estimated cost $55,200.00.  [This property is assessed at $44,000.00 for Tax Year 1995.] 

BACK ROOM VOTE.

For:   Orville L Barnes, Joel Crosby, John “Jack” V Geraghty Jr, Phyllis J Holmes,

Beverlee J Numbers.

96-01-02     Purchase and Sale Agreement with Leroy G. Summers for the purchase of a single-family house at 1329 W Dalke Av in conjunction with Community Development’s

Low-Income Housing Program – estimated cost $61,950.00.  [This property is assessed at $50,300.00 for Tax Year 1996.]

96-01-02     Purchase and Sale Agreement with Glen R. Shoup for the purchase of a single-family house at 1017 E Walton Av in conjunction with Community Development’s Low-Income Housing Program – estimated cost $58,900.00.  [This property is assessed at $46,200.00 for Tax Year 1996.]

For:   Orville L Barnes, Jeff Colliton, John “Jack” V Geraghty Jr, Roberta Greene,

Phyllis J Holmes.

96-04-01     Purchase and Sale Agreement with Kenneth A. and Karen S. Dryer for the purchase of a single family house at 2911 E Heroy Av in conjunction with Community Development’s Low-Income Housing Program – $65,400.00 including estimated closing costs.  [This property is assessed at $35,900.00 for Tax Year 1996.]  BACK ROOM VOTE.

For:   Orville L Barnes, Jeff Colliton, Roberta Greene, Phyllis J Holmes.

ABSENT:   John “Jack” V Geraghty Jr.

97-03-24     Real Estate Purchase and Sale Agreement with David and Leota More to purchase property located at 2731 N Perry St – $65,000.00.  [This property is assessed at $48,200.00 for Tax Year 1997.]

For:   Orville L Barnes, Jeff Colliton, John “Jack” V Geraghty Jr, Roberta Greene,

Phyllis J Holmes, Cheryl L Rodgers.

99-08-02     Real Estate Purchase and Sale Agreement with Richard H. Schubach to purchase property located at 3603 E Frederick Av – $165,000.00.  [This property is assessed at $78,200.00 for Tax Year 1999.]  BACK ROOM VOTE.

For:   Orville L Barnes, Jeff Colliton, Roberta Greene, Robert M Higgins, Phyllis J Holmes,

Cheryl L Rodgers, John J Talbott.

99-09-20     Real Estate Purchase and Sale Agreement with Mary Morse to purchase property located at 3504 E Euclid Av – $88,000.00.  [This property is assessed at $64,900.00 for Tax Year 1999.]  BACK ROOM VOTE.

For:   Orville L Barnes, Jeff Colliton, Roberta Greene, Robert M Higgins, Phyllis J Holmes,

Cheryl L Rodgers.

ABSENT:   John J Talbott.

City Council, would you like to buy some property that is just south of Tierra del Fuego?

Government is not helping low-income people.  It is hindering them by over taxation and bidding up the price of low-priced housing.

That universal economic law of supply and demand cannot be controlled with government subsidies.  When government tries to intercede in this manner, the opposite of the desired effect will always be the aftermath.

Grants to owners of old buildings cause blight.  New construction shuns the area.

The sole purpose of United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Community Development and other government programs is to provide jobs for government employees and nonprofit corporation management who are not qualified for the private enterprise sector.

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WALL STREET TROLLEY

 

94-01-26     SPOKANE TRANSIT AUTHORITY BOARD MEETING

Contract for Purchase of Three Vintage Streetcar Replica Coaches.  Norma Davis moved to approve the purchase of three vintage streetcar replica coaches from Boyertown Logan Body Works, at a total delivered price of $588,782.52, which includes delivery and sales tax.

For:   Jeanne Batson, Norma Davis, Don Harmon, Patricia A Mummey, Beverlee J Numbers,

Al Ogdon.

ABSENT:   D E “Skip” Chilberg.

Steven J Hasson left the meeting prior to the voting.

THE GOLD BRICK ROAD

 

94-08-29     Contract with William F Carroll Construction, Inc. for Wall Street Trolley from Riverside Avenue to Spokane Falls Boulevard [2 blocks] – $1,267,267.85.

For:   Orville L Barnes, Joel Crosby, John “Jack” V Geraghty Jr, Beverlee J Numbers.

ABSENT:   Phyllis J Holmes.

95-02-20     Change Order number 1 to contract with William F Carroll Construction, Inc. for Wall Street Trolley – increase of $80,699.12 plus 24 working days.

For:   Orville L Barnes, Joel Crosby, John “Jack” V Geraghty Jr, Phyllis J Holmes,

Beverlee J Numbers.

95-07-24     Change Order number 2 to contract with William F Carroll Construction, Inc. for Wall Street Trolley – increase of $31,711.25 plus 6 working days.  BACK ROOM VOTE.

For:   Orville L Barnes, Joel Crosby, John “Jack” V Geraghty Jr, Phyllis J Holmes,

Beverlee J Numbers.

95-09-18     Change Order number 3 to contract with William F Carroll Construction, Inc. for Wall Street Trolley – increase of $9,072.70.  Total contract amount $1,388,750.92 – total increase in costs $121,483.07 or 9.6%.

For:   Orville L Barnes, Joel Crosby, John “Jack” V Geraghty Jr, Phyllis J Holmes,

Beverlee J Numbers.

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BERNARD STREET RESTAURANT ROW

 

The City Council wants to finance construction for private business by tax increment financing.  Banks are the place for business to borrow.  The property owners of the city should not be guarantors.  This is to be a test case to find out whether or not it is constitutional in Washington State.  Will Spokane City citizens be allowed to vote on this issue, to say whether they want to be guarantors, and whether they want to pay the legal fees of a private law firm in order to take it to the Washington State Supreme Court?  The restaurant business is the toughest business ever.  When the law of supply and demand is upset by government, will restaurants go under?  Will the citizens of Spokane City be forced to pick up the tab for the Bernard Street Restaurant Row?

93-01-19     Motion...that Council authorize the implementation of an agreement in an amount not to exceed $15,000.00 with legal counsel (Roy Koegen and Tom Kingen) to proceed with a test case to determine the issue of tax increment financing; i.e., commencement of the formation of a district and finalization of the action to form the basis of a test case to take this issue to the state courts for approval, carried unanimously....

For:   Orville L Barnes, Joel Crosby, John “Jack” Hebner, Beverlee J Numbers.

ABSENT:   Sheri S Barnard.

95-07-06     WASHINGTON STATE SUPREME COURT RULES THAT TAX INCREMENT FINANCING IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL.  The supreme court was unanimous in a suit brought by Margaret J Leonard, former Spokane City Council Member and former Washington State Legislator, represented by her attorney Stephen K Eugster.  The previously mentioned $15,000.00 was awarded to Stephen K Eugster (the people’s attorney) following his trial court victory.

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THE INCINERATOR

THAT THE CITIZENS

DO NOT WANT

 

Emissions Discharge Daily Averages:

                                                                     May 1993               June 1993

                                                           Unit # 1           Unit # 2  Unit # 1                                    Unit # 2

Carbon Monoxide   [172 TPYA]        35 PPMC        46 PPMC  28 PPMC                                   48 PPMC

Nitrogen Oxides      [502 TPYA]       115 PPMC       105 PPMC            116 PPMC                       106 PPMC

Sulphur Dioxide     [292 TPYA]        11 PPMC         9 PPMC  14 PPMC                                    9 PPMC

Opacity                                                 <2.0%             <1.0%          <2.0%                                     <1.0%

TPYA = Tons Per Year Allowed  into the air by the Washington State Pollution Control Hearings Board.  PPMC = Parts Per Million Corrected to 7% Oxygen.  The atmosphere contains 21% oxygen by volume, so multiply these figures by three.

The air becomes saturated, fallout contaminates the earth and water.  Our watershed, the snow in the mountains, is downwind.  Contaminated with these toxic substances, the runoff flows to rivers, lakes and recharges the water table aquifer.  Besides the direct intake by animals and humans, this contamination of air and water is absorbed by vegetation.  Vegetation that would ordinarily give off oxygen.  Vegetation that alone has the ability to convert inorganic minerals absorbed from the soil and water into organic forms that animals and humans can use.

Absent from reports are the amount of emissions discharge of:

Arsenic [.034 TPYA]

Beryllium [.00068 TPYA]

Cadmium [.2 TPYA]

Chlorides [292 TPYA] includes Vinyl Chloride

Chromium [.2 TPYA]

Carbon Dioxide

Copper [.17 TPYA]

Dioxins and Furans [.000006 TPYA]

Fluorides

Hydrocarbons (Benzene, Ethylene) [3 TPYA]

Lead [3.4 TPYA]

Mercury [1.5 TPYA]

Nickel [.14 TPYA]

Particulates [68 TPYA]

PAH [.02 TPYA]

PCB [.00019 TPYA]

Selenium [.0068 TPYA]

Tin [.8 TPYA]

Vanadium [.01 TPYA]

Zinc [6.8 TPYA]

All are known to be discharged from incinerators.  In brackets next to each toxic substance is the Tons Per Year Allowed for each into the air by the Washington State Pollution Control Hearings Board, but none of these are monitored for.

Even in minute quantities, each substance is toxic.  Some are cumulative and some are already known to be carcinogens.  What about synergistic effects of simultaneous exposure to multiple toxins?  Will the risks multiply?  What are the effects on the immune system, chromosomes, genes and those not yet born?  What kind of legacy for the future will this be?  It took seventeen generations to destroy the Roman Empire by ingestion from lead lined aqueducts and lead eating, drinking utensils.  Will we survive that long?  Will this someday be known as “Silent Spokane”?

Prior to the incinerator, Spokane was one of the ten most air polluted cities in the United States.  Now they want to burn tires in the incinerator.  They say that there are no more emissions discharged from the incinerator stack than when not burning tires, but they only monitor for three contaminants.

85-06-03     Contract with County and Alliance Pacific, Inc. for Public Relation Services relating to the Waste-to-Energy Project – not to exceed $22,125.00 for Phase I.

For:   Sheri S Barnard, John “Jack” Hebner, Robert M Higgins.

85-09-23     Contract amendment with Alliance Pacific, Inc. to expand the scope of public relations work to be performed for city and county for the Waste-to-Energy Project.  Amendment to stipulate “cap” shall be $33,270.00.

For:   Sheri S Barnard, John “Jack” Hebner, Robert M Higgins.

85-10-21     Contract with Alliance Pacific, Inc. for Solid Waste Disposal Project public relation services report – $12,256.38.

For:   Sheri S Barnard, John “Jack” Hebner, Robert M Higgins.

85-12-16     Spokane City-County contract with Alliance Pacific, Inc. for public relations services to be performed on the Regional Solid Waste Disposal Project – total cost $12,150.00 (½ eligible for grant).

For:   Sheri S Barnard, John “Jack” Hebner, Robert M Higgins.

86-01-27     Contract with county and with Alliance Pacific, Inc. for public relations services to be performed on the Regional Solid Waste Disposal Project – 50% of total cost $17,000.00 is eligible for DOE grant with balance to be shared by city and county.

For:   Sheri S Barnard, Robert “Bob” Dellwo, John “Jack” Hebner, Robert M Higgins.

86-03-31     Spokane City-County contract with Alliance Pacific, Inc. for performance of public relations services during March and April for the Solid Waste Disposal Project at maximum cost of $29,000.00.

For:   Sheri S Barnard, Robert “Bob” Dellwo, John “Jack” Hebner, Robert M Higgins.

86-09-08     Spokane City-County contract with Alliance Pacific, Inc. for public relations services performed on the Solid Waste Disposal Project – $5,371.83 divided between city and county for July and August 1986.

For:   Sheri S Barnard, John “Jack” Hebner, Robert M Higgins.

87-05-26     Contract amendment with Alliance Pacific, Inc. for public relations services for the Regional Solid Waste Disposal Project for the period from 87-06-01 to 87-12-31 – maximum of $84,120.00 to be split between city and county or taken from net interest earnings.

For:   Sheri S Barnard, Robert “Bob” Dellwo, John “Jack” Hebner, Robert M Higgins.

87-11-02     SPOKANE REGIONAL WASTE-TO-ENERGY FACILITY   The County Commissioners unanimously approved a motion by Commissioner Patricia A Mummey to adopt the Spokane City-County Joint Resolution approving and authorizing the execution of the Interlocal Cooperation Agreement as amended.

87-11-02     ...a motion...directing Staff to execute the signatures for the two contracts with Wheelabrator Spokane, Inc. for  1) the design and construction and  2) the operation and maintenance of the Spokane Regional Waste-to-Energy Facility, and adopting the findings on the Wheelabrator contracts as prepared by the City Legal Department.

For:   Robert “Bob” Dellwo, John “Jack” Hebner, Robert M Higgins.

Previous to this, the citizens of Spokane City had petitioned for the right to vote on the incinerator project.

87-11-03     Proposition 4 mandates a vote on any project exceeding $1 million.  It passed by 70%.  In order to exempt the incinerator project from this mandate, the City Council voted to execute the incinerator project contract at 2:00 AM of election day.

In anticipation of Proposition 4 being passed, Spokane City government had filed a lawsuit on 87-10-06 to overturn the results.  The suit ended up in the Washington State Supreme Court.  The city government prevailed on a technicality.  THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE WAS IGNORED.

88-02-01     Contract for 1st quarter of 1988 with Alliance Pacific, Inc. for the Regional Solid Waste Disposal Project – $41,000.00 for hourly services, production costs and materials.

For:   Robert “Bob” Dellwo, John “Jack” Hebner.

89-01-09     C-29285   An ordinance specifying and adopting a plan for the acquisition, construction and installation of certain improvements and additions to the city's regional solid waste management system, declaring the estimated cost and authorizing the issuance of $105.25 million aggregate principal amount of City of Spokane Solid Waste Management System Revenue Bonds....

For:   Joel Crosby, Robert “Bob” Dellwo, John “Jack” Hebner, Robert M Higgins.

89-02-13     Contract amendment with Alliance Pacific, Inc. for public information programs relating to the Solid Waste Disposal Project – increase of $96,000.00.

For:   Joel Crosby, Robert “Bob” Dellwo, Robert M Higgins.

90-01-15     Contract amendment with Alliance Pacific, Inc. for public information activities performed on behalf of the Spokane Regional Solid Waste Disposal Project during 1990 – not to exceed $111,700.00.

For:   Joel Crosby, Robert “Bob” Dellwo, Beverlee J Numbers.

A LOT OF MONEY FOR ATTEMPTED BRAIN WASHING.  BUT, THAT'S NOT ALL FOLKS.  JOHN “Jack” V GERAGHTY Jr, AT THAT TIME THE PRESIDENT OF ALLIANCE PACIFIC, INC., AT A LATER DATE BECAME THE MAYOR OF SPOKANE CITY, BUT WAS DEFEATED FOR A SECOND TERM.

93-07-12     Motion by Joel Crosby, that Council approve Staff's recommendations and...to implement those recommendations  1) To seek approval for up to 3% by weight allowable tire inputs from October through March.  2)....

For:   Joel Crosby, Beverlee J Numbers, Lois J Stratton.

94-05-02     UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT RULES THAT ASH FROM INCINERATORS IS A HAZARDOUS MATERIAL.

MORE MONEY FOR ATTEMPTED BRAIN WASHING

94-05-02     Contract with RXL PULITZER [EIN 91-1415608] to provide a county‑wide environmental educational program to public and private elementary schools throughout Spokane County – $121,627.00 (60% reimbursement by Department of Ecology and additional funding to be provided by SCAPCA and Spokane County).

For:   Orville L Barnes, Joel Crosby, John “Jack” V Geraghty Jr, Beverlee J Numbers.

ABSENT:   Phyllis J Holmes.

95-02-27     Contract amendment with RXL PULITZER [EIN 91-1415608] to provide additional components for the County-wide Environmental Education Program to public and private schools throughout Spokane County – increase of $32,000.00 (reimbursement by Washington Department of Ecology and other agencies brings City's portion to $8,800.00.  Total contract amount $300,245.90.

For:   Orville L Barnes, Joel Crosby, John “Jack” V Geraghty Jr, Phyllis J Holmes,

Beverlee J Numbers.

THE INCINERATOR THAT THE CITIZENS DO NOT WANT

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THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE

IS PARAMOUNT

 

When you have minority rule, you have Nazi-Fascist government.  For more than thirty-five years that is what we have had in Spokane City-County.

Although there is no substitute for elected officials with brains, our elected officials carry with them the dictum that we ordinary citizens are not intelligent enough – plain dumb may be a better word – to see the real truth in any proposition.

How many times have the citizens rejected something on the ballot, only to have our elected officials stick it to us?  There was the International Airport, Expo 74 and the Ag Center.  Former Mayor John “Jack” V Geraghty Jr points out that Spokane City got an opera house from the state for $1.00.  The state did not pay anything for the opera house?  Citizens of Spokane do not pay state taxes?  In 1974, the combined state and city sales tax was 5%.

87-02-23     C-28672   An ordinance providing for the issuance of $12.405 million principal amount of its limited tax general obligation and refunding bonds, 1987, for the purpose of providing the funds to pay, refund and retire a portion of its outstanding limited tax general obligation bonds of 1980, and to provide a portion of the funds to acquire and construct an International Agricultural Trade Center....

For:   Sheri S Barnard, Robert “Bob” Dellwo, John “Jack” Hebner.

ABSENT:   Robert M Higgins.

87-06-01     C-28767   An ordinance providing for the issuance of $1.5 million principal amount of its limited tax general obligation bonds, 1987 series A, for the purpose of providing a portion of the funds to acquire and construct an International Agricultural Trade Center....

For:   Sheri S Barnard, Robert “Bob” Dellwo, John Jack Hebner, Robert M Higgins.

Our elected officials think that all they have to do is come up with an alternative tax financing method for something that the citizens have previously voted down.

Whatever the tax financing method, general obligation bonds place a mortgage on all real property in the political subdivision.  All property owners in the taxing district are guarantors, even though the only thing that they did was to elect a bunch of idiots to represent them.  Please note that Spokane City Attorney James C. Sloane disagrees with the legal opinion expressed in this paragraph.

SPOKANE GRAND PRIX

Racing in the streets.  Citizens were never allowed to vote as to whether they wanted this pollution of the city with fumes and noise, this pollution of our children's minds with the idea that it is “Okay” to race cars on the city streets.  Besides all of that, it cost the city a bundle.

88-05-02     COUNCIL ACTION MEMORANDUM REGARDING THE 1988 SPOKANE GRAND PRIX  ...a motion by Council Member John “Jack” Hebner... that contingent upon payment by the Grand Prix Association of the balance of $19,000.00 remaining on their $25,000.00 note due from the fall of 1987 and through the Supplemental Agreement to the Grand Prix Race License, the City Council confirm the dates of...for racing; and, in addition, that the charges for City services (for the 1988 race) be billed to the Spokane Grand Prix Association after the race with payment schedules arranged so that payment is received by the City before the Spokane Grand Prix of 1989....

For:   Sheri S Barnard, Robert “Bob” Dellwo, John “Jack” Hebner, Robert M Higgins.

Both the Spokane City Accountant's Office and Treasurer's Office personnel, who should know the exact amount still owed by Grand Prix Association, were reluctant to talk about it, seemed intimidated, and referred me to the Spokane City Manager.  However, Spokane City Manager Roger Crum ignored my messages to phone me back.  I can only assume that the exact amount owed is a secret.

PACIFIC SCIENCE CENTER

95-03-06     C-31315   An ordinance approving lease of the pavilion in riverfront park to the Pacific Science Center for 20 years, with two ten-year renewals, and a contract for services with the Pacific Science Center for five years.

For:   Orville L Barnes, Joel Crosby, John “Jack” V Geraghty Jr, Phyllis J Holmes,

Beverlee J Numbers.

Citizens were not allowed to vote on the Pacific Science Center until after gathering signatures to place the issue on the ballot.  The Pacific Science Center was then voted down.

00-04-24     Exercise Option Agreement with Inland Northwest Corporation per Parks Bond Issue to acquire 5.66 acres of park land north of Riverfront Park – $3.491 million plus buyer’s closing costs.  [When this ballot issue was presented in the fall of 1999, the voters were not informed that for the previous twenty years, Riverfront Park had had an average deficit per year of $600,000.00.]

For:   Steve Corker, Stephen K Eugster, Roberta Greene, Robert M Higgins, Phyllis J Holmes, Cheryl L Rodgers, John J Talbott.

03-05-12     C-33225   An ordinance approving the lease of the North Bank property and a portion of adjacent park property to the Inland Northwest Science and Technology Center for fifty years.

For:   Stephen K Eugster, Steve Corker, Al French, Roberta Greene, Dennis Hession,
Robert M Higgins.

Against:   Cheryl L Rodgers.

Citizens were not allowed to vote on the incinerator.  Citizens were not allowed to vote on tax increment financing, which was later found unconstitutional by the Washington State Supreme Court.  Citizens were not allowed to vote on the Downtown Parking and Business Improvement Area (PBIA).  Even after gathering signatures to place the issue on the ballot, citizens were not allowed to vote on the redevelopment of River “Pork” Square.  They were denied their constitutional right to referendum because it was passed as an emergency ordinance by the Spokane City Council.  This ordinance was not an emergency because it was not necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health or safety within the meaning of Article XI, § 1 (b) of the Washington State Constitution.  The emergency ordinance is the new implement of oppression by Nazi-Fascist government.

93-06-21     Resolution 93-52 directing the City Manager and Staff to prepare an amendment to the Business License Ordinance to limit the exemption granted to nonprofit and charitable businesses.  John “Jack” Hebner said this would affect only the local hospitals and be approximately $90,000.00 in city taxes annually per hospital.

For:   John “Jack” Hebner.

We have fine hospitals.  The taxpayers do not have to support them.  There are those who say that the hospitals do not pay property taxes.  Neither do the publicly owned golf courses.

Spokane City had an International Airport, a Worlds Fair and three publicly owned golf courses before having a satisfactory sewer treatment plant.  Without federal mandates and $50 million in state and federal grants, Spokane City would still be dumping raw sewage into the river.

95-01-19     From a 180,000 total population, Spokane City has an 80,000 population in the area for which combined storm water sewer discharges occur.

Private water suppliers in Spokane County do not pay a utility tax to the county; because, not being a chartered county, the county does not have authority to tax them.  The valley should incorporate and put in a sewer system and treatment plant, unless they like being the effluent society.

The voting records:  Found in other publications.  Notice how some waffle.  When they see that a controversial issue is going to pass, they vote against; and then say, “See how I voted.”  Sometimes, they are conveniently absent.

Spokane City has so many goodies, even trips for City Council Members to Washington, DC; Miami, Florida; Ireland; Japan; Bulgaria, etc.; but not enough money to repair the potholes (inverted speed bumps) in the streets or for code enforcement.  Spokane County has trips for Commissioners to Raleigh, North Carolina.  We ordinary citizens cannot afford those luxury trips for ourselves.  If we do not vote them out of office, maybe we are plain dumb.

One way we can control a government that has animosity toward rationale and integrity is to cut back on its revenue.  We can diminish our purchase of items that require payment of a sales tax.

APPEAL YOUR ASSESSED PROPERTY VALUE     When you receive a revaluation notice, you have 30 days from receipt of the notice in which to file an appeal with the County Board of Equalization.  If you disagree with the assessed value of your property and your property value did not change, you have from January 1 through July 1 to file an appeal with the SPOKANE COUNTY BOARD OF EQUALIZATION, 721 N Jefferson St  # 201.

SPOKANE COUNTY ASSESSOR

THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE IS PARAMOUNT

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SPOKANE, A CITY WAITING

FOR DISASTER TO HAPPEN

 

North South through streets.  On the west there are Ash and Maple one-way Streets.  Seven blocks east of that there are Monroe and Lincoln one-way Streets.  Five blocks east of that there are Stevens and Washington one-way Streets.  Four and five blocks further east there is Division Street.  Nine blocks further is Hamilton Street that only goes south to Second Avenue.

East West avenues.  With the exception of Second and Third one-way Avenues, all have jogs or dead ends or both.

The East West Freeway runs through town right next to three hospitals.  Two blocks south of the freeway, built on an overpass, are the railroad tracks for every railroad company in the area.

Hazardous material, including chemicals and nuclear waste, travels the freeway and railroad tracks everyday.

Because of our unusual weather conditions and Fairchild Air Force Base planes, Spokane is one of the ten most air polluted cities in the United States.  Eventually one of those refueling planes will crash on the city.

Many times in the winter, it is too foggy for planes to land.  It was a tactical mistake to build the base here.  Politics built it, and politics is trying to keep it.

Will this someday be known as “Silent Spokane”?

SPOKANE, A CITY WAITING FOR DISASTER TO HAPPEN

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FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE

 

95-03-06     Report from the City Manager [Roger Crum] recommending an agreement with the Spokane Chamber of Commerce in support of the community effort to retain Fairchild Air Force Base – $20,000.00.

For:   Orville L Barnes, Joel Crosby, John “Jack” V Geraghty Jr, Phyllis J Holmes,

Beverlee J Numbers.

The noise from those huge refueling planes flying over the city is unbearable.  Eventually one of those refueling planes will crash on the city.  Because of our unusual weather conditions and Fairchild Air Force Base planes, Spokane is one of the ten most air polluted cities in the United States.

Many times in the winter, it is too foggy for planes to land.  It was a tactical mistake to build the base here.  Politics built it, and politics is trying to keep it.

Bonneville Power Administration will not build new plants, and we do not have enough electricity in the winter.  Kaiser Aluminum has to close down part of its plant each winter.  Kaiser Aluminum pays taxes.  Fairchild Air Force Base does not.

CODE ENFORCEMENT

Spokane City Municipal Code  § 11.17.240  Temporary Sign.

D.  There may be up to one “A”, “T” or similar type movable sign for every twenty-five feet of lineal frontage on the principal street, so long as each sign is at least two feet from the public right-of-way [sidewalk] and sufficiently weighted or tied down to prevent movement by the wind.

95-04-03     Spokane City Attorney James C. Sloane stated that staffing levels preclude such an effort [enforcement], and that the city relies very heavily on voluntary compliance of all ordinances.  Maybe we citizens should rely very heavily on voluntary abstinence of our patronage from these businesses that violate this and other ordinances.

95-12-18     C-31498   An ordinance temporarily providing for portable business identification signs in the Central Business Zone, amending SMC § 11.17.410, and providing for an expiration date.  This allows for signs on the sidewalk, which cow-towns do not allow.

For:   Orville L Barnes, Joel Crosby, John “Jack” V Geraghty Jr, Phyllis J Holmes,

Beverlee J Numbers.

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CIVIL RIGHTS VIOLATIONS OF CITIZENS

 

95-08-28     Council approved an Interlocal Agreement with Spokane County regarding two civil rights actions in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington, Cause Numbers C-89-423-AAM and C-89-425-AAM – revenue of $390,000.00.

For:   Orville L Barnes, Joel Crosby, John “Jack” V Geraghty Jr, Phyllis J Holmes,

Beverlee J Numbers.

This agreement will not stop anyone from obtaining a judgment against Spokane County and then attaching Spokane County assets if necessary.  It means that for this small fee Spokane City will indemnify Spokane County for any losses including attorney’s fees.

 

 

SPOKANE CITY

SETTLES

THESE

CASES FOR

$1.4 million

 

 

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SPOKANE CITY WATER SERVICE TO COUNTY AREAS

 

95-04-03     Resolution 95-49 approving water service to 7.13 acres situated in Spokane County referred to as Spokane Produce Company at 1905 S Geiger Boulevard, generally located on the SW corner of Geiger Boulevard and Sunset Highway (SR2), and directing staff to proceed to the Spokane County Boundary Review Board for project authorization.

For:   Orville L Barnes, Joel Crosby, Phyllis J Holmes, Beverlee J Numbers.

97-03-31     C-31867   An ordinance relating to the Water Main Crossing in State Hy 2 at Flint Rd, water connection charges and the water utility.  Establishes a Special Connection Fee of $613.31 per acre plus interest and an administration fee applied to property within the water main service area.  Total project cost – $89,850.32.

For:   Orville L Barnes, Jeff Colliton, John “Jack” V Geraghty Jr, Roberta Greene,

Phyllis J Holmes, Cheryl L Rodgers.

Spokane City furnishes water but not sewers to the effluent society in the county who contaminate all of our drinking and bathing water with their excrement.  Drink distilled water if you value your health.

SPOKANE CITY SEWER SERVICE TO COUNTY AREAS

 

96-03-11     Low Bid of Eller Corporation (Newman Lake) for Moran West District Number 4 Septic Tank Elimination Program – $493,684.82 plus tax.  BACK ROOM VOTE.

For:   Orville L Barnes, Jeff Colliton, John “Jack” V Geraghty Jr, Roberta Greene.

ABSENT:   Phyllis J Holmes.

96-12-16     Approving sewer service to SCAFCO, Snyder’s Bakery and Union Pacific property being purchased by SCAFCO, all located east of Fancher Rd, north of Sprague Av and south of Maine Av; and directing staff to proceed to the Spokane Boundary Review Board for approval.

For:   Orville L Barnes, Jeff Colliton, John “Jack” V Geraghty Jr, Phyllis J Holmes.

ABSENT:   Roberta Greene.

97-02-03     C-31829   An ordinance ordering the construction of the Yardley, Central District, Phase I Sewer, in the City of Spokane service area, establishing a local improvement district and creating a local improvement fund therefore, directing the levy of special assessments and providing a method of financing to pay the cost and expense of said improvement.

For:   Orville L Barnes, Jeff Colliton, John “Jack” V Geraghty Jr, Roberta Greene,

Phyllis J Holmes, Cheryl L Rodgers.

97-04-28     Supplemental Agreement with Taylor Engineering, Inc. for construction management services for the Yardley Central District, Phase 1 Sewer Project and related paving and water main replacement for a fee not to exceed $239,708.08 (including tax) 

BACK ROOM VOTE.

For:   Orville L Barnes, John “Jack” V Geraghty Jr, Roberta Greene, Phyllis J Holmes,

Cheryl L Rodgers.

ABSENT:   Jeff Colliton.

97-04-07     C-31880   An ordinance ordering the construction of a sanitary sewer in Thomas Mallen Rd, in the City of Spokane service area, to approximately 127 feet west of Fan Rd and in Hope Rd from 57th Av to Fan Rd, establishing a local improvement district and creating a local improvement fund therefore, directing the levy of special assessments and providing a method of financing to pay the cost and expense of said improvement.

For:   Orville L Barnes, Jeff Colliton, Roberta Greene, Phyllis J Holmes, Cheryl L Rodgers.

ABSENT:   John “Jack” V Geraghty Jr.

In 1986, the Aquifer Protection Area took effect which generates approximately $2.5 million per year.  Approximately one half of those funds come from the Spokane City service area.  After the program was established, Spokane County officials made it clear that the county would be the administrator of the monies and would determine how it was to be spent.  They also indicated to the city that the county was willing to provide Spokane City with $500,000.00 a year to apply for programs within the city's service area.  For a time, Spokane City received some funds from the county on a yearly basis.  In 1992, Spokane County determined that it could no longer pay the city the $500,000.00 per year and would not be in a position to pay those monies for a period of approximately seven years.  This action by the county left the city without the revenue to match the Clean Water funds from the expected APA funds.  As of 96‑01‑01, Spokane County revenues from APA were $24,484,811.00; and Spokane County had paid the city only $3,584,712.00 or 14.64% instead of 50%.

Spokane City Attorney James C. Sloane states that the fundamental fairness question could possibly be addressed with a review of Spokane County's performance under the agreements going back to the original access to the sewage treatment plant.

SPOKANE CITY WATER AND SEWER SERVICE TO COUNTY AREAS

by Robert A Kroboth     WWW.CitizenGadfly.Com

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It is my theory that if you

tell people how bad they are,

their performance will decline;

but If you

tell people how good they are,

their performance will improve.

I have told

Spokane City Council Members

how bad they are;

and true to my theory,

their performance has

steadfastly declined.

Perhaps, I should say

something good about

Spokane City Council Members.

The best thing that I can say

good about

Spokane City Council Members

is good riddance

when they are defeated.

 

Robert Allen Kroboth

WWW.CitizenGadfly.Com