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Communications sales tax passes

04/28/2017

By MIKE HUFFMAN
Managing Editor

 

Spokane County voters continued to show support for law enforcement and emergency responders by overwhelmingly passing Proposition 1 on Tuesday.

With nearly 82 percent voting in favor, the renewal of a one-tenth on 1 percent sales tax is assured through Dec. 31, 2028. Funding is used to help operate, maintain and improve emergency communications systems and services in Spokane County.

The tax was first approved by voters in 2008 and is the major source of funding of the 456-2233 Crime Check reporting line, which handles about a quarter of a million calls per year.
Since implemented, funding has improved dispatching and allows for multiple police, fire and other emergency responders to communicate more effectively.

The tax also supports the ALERT Spokane “reverse 9-1-1” system, which allows for alerts to be sent to telephones during events like windstorms and wildfires.

New funding will go toward the upgrade of the existing 9-1-1 system to allow for photos and videos to be included with emergency calls.

Voter turnout was at just under 28 percent out of 305,766 total voters in the mail-in election.

The election will be certified May 5.

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