Props 1, 2, & 3: Spokane 2013 Feb 12 Special Election

You must have your special election ballot post-marked by Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013, or you can place it in a ballot Drop Off Box by 8pm that evening. If you did not receive your ballot, please call the Spokane County Elections office (509-477-2320). They are open from 7am to 4pm, Monday through Friday. Also, you can stop by a voter service center on election day. Follow this link for ballot box locations, last mail pick up times in Spokane County, and other info.

Prop 1: Vote “Yes” for Independent Investigations of Spokane Police Misconduct

Currently, in the City of Spokane, the Police Department is allowed to investigate themselves when a citizen files a complaint about police misconduct. There are no checks and balances. No real oversight. No Transparency. This is unacceptable.

Proposition 1 in Spokane would mandate independent investigations of police misconduct, and it would give average citizens a voice by creating a citizen oversight committee. Prop 1 is needed to stop more citizens like Otto Zehm from being killed in Spokane.

Prop 2: Vote “No” on making Spokane City Council decisions less Democratic.

Prop 2 in Spokane would require a 5/7 majority on the Spokane City Council to pass an ordinance to raise or lower revenue. Proposition 2 is poorly written and undemocratic. It leaves too many questions unanswered. As few as two people could hold up important work by the Spokane City Council. We should not amend our City’s Constitution with something so confusing and undemocratic. A numerical minority should not be able to stop change in City Hall. (Update: Mayor David Condon is criticized for role in the Yes on Prop 2 campaign).

Prop 3: Vote “Yes” to Keep Spokane Libraries Open

The City of Spokane is facing a five hundred thousand dollar deficit in the library system. Unless new revenue is found, Spokane will have to close two or more branches. Prop 3 in Spokane will provide the new revenue to keep the Hillard and East Central library branches open and operating 40 hours a week.

The Library Levy is not very much. It is only seven cents for every 1,000 dollars of access property value. Someone who owns a one hundred and fifty thousand dollar home will only pay $10.50 a year to help save our libraries. That is less than the cost of one book.  Please vote “yes” on Prop 3 in keep our Spokane libraries open and healthy.

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