Politics from the Palouse to Puget Sound

Monday, October 31, 2005

Don't Spend It All in One Place

It's hardly Ed McMahon knocking at the door, but Michelle Dupler reported today in the Moscow-Pullman Daily News that the city of Pullman will receive $11,000 more from Washington state's real estate excise tax than planned.

Overall though, the budget picture remains "gloomy," as Dupler put it. That's one way to put it.

I commend Ms. Dupler for doing a very thorough job explaining the ramifications that I-695 and I-747 have had on Pullman. Pullman has lost about $1.3 million a year in revenue because of I-695. In fact, her coverage lately of the Pullman budget process has been excellent.

Keep up the good work, Michelle! I hope all this sinks in with the citizens of Pullman.

There will be three public hearings on the city's 2006 budget at City Hall. Revenue sources is the first hearing tomorrow night. The overall draft budget will be heard November 15 and property tax rates and a final hearing on the budget will be on November 29. All meetings start at 7:30 PM in the council chambers.

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