The Spokane Valley City Council is planning on spending a long evening interviewing 18 candidates for a temporary post on its governing body.
Council member decided Tuesday to hold a special meeting next Wednesday, June 10, to quiz applicants seeking to temporarily replace Bill Bates, who has been out for health reasons. The successful candidate will serve for a year or until Bates is well enough to return.
The meeting will begin at 5 p.m. at Spokane Valley City Hall, 11707 E. Sprague, and will be live-streamed over the city’s Web site, spokanevalley.org.
“We want to be as transparent as possible,” said Council Member Bill Bates.
Council members plan on holding another special meeting on June 17, beginning again at 5 p.m., to make their selection.
The council will also hold its regularly planned meeting on June 9. On June 16, the council will hold a day-long budget study session at City Hall.
In other news Tuesday, the council unanimously agreed to approve a reduction in the city’s gambling tax. Beginning July 1, the city will cut its 10-percent tax on card games – authorized by the state to offset law-enforcement – to 6 percent.
The reduction will mean a loss of about $178,000 per year in revenue. However, it is hoped that by offering a rate lower than the city of Spokane’s – currently at 8 percent – more business could be driven to Spokane Valley.