Spokane County Animal Shelter Levy Implementation (November 2011)

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A Spokane County Animal Shelter Levy Implementation measure was on the November 8, 2011 ballot in Spokane County.

This measure was defeated

  • YES 63,035 (43.58%)
  • NO 81,617 (56.42%)Defeatedd[1]

This measure sought to implement a levy at a rate of $.05 per $1,000 of assessed property value for a period of nine years in order to help pay for replacing the county animal shelter building. The levy additional would raise around $15 million annually for the project.[2] City officials hoped that by using a city owned building for the new shelter, the levy would have been able to be reduced or even canceled after the initial costs of the move would be paid off.[3] Issues had arisen to hinder this measure, the proposed site for the new shelter houses a trucking company which stated it did not have the funds to movie its location. The Spokane Valley City Council also opposed the locked in fee for animal shelter care and SpokAnimal C.A.R.E. had revered its decision to get out of the enforcement business. Most officials noted though that if this measure was not approved now, there likely will not be a future chance for it.[4]