Spokane City Council shoots down proposal for downtown sports stadium

July 31, 2018

Planners now have less than 48 hours to convince a skeptical Spokane City Council they should ask voters to approve construction of a new downtown sports stadium.

A split council voted 5 to 2 Monday afternoon to table indefinitely a request from Mayor David Condon’s administration to add a $31 million bond measure to a pair of tax requests planned for this November. That amount includes an additional $10 million that would have covered the construction of a parking garage on land near the Spokane Arena, as well as the costs of building new playfields on the current site of Joe Albi Stadium.

Councilmembers said they had concerns about asking voters for money when other needs, like public safety, were being requested by citizens.

Condon said through a city spokeswoman he was disappointed in the decision.

The decision sets up a make-or-break meeting Wednesday involving the council and the Spokane School Board. Both the council and the school board are expected to finalize the language for their ballot initiatives. The school district is expected to propose a roughly $500 million measure to build new middle schools at sites offered by the city and renovate three others. Spokane Public Libraries has agreed to a $77 million bond that would pay for three new libraries and upgrade other existing branches.

Ballot resolutions are due to the Spokane County Auditor’s office by Aug. 7 in order to make the ballot in November.

This story is developing and will be updated.

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