Spokane Mayor David Condon submitted a balanced budget last week with some small spending cuts yet increased funding for homelessness services following projections of higher revenue collections.
An earlier budget released in August was $3.8 million out of balance and included new investments in public safety as well as human services. In the updated line item budget proposal the administration submitted to the City Council last week, revenue projections grew by $2.8 million. That made for smaller cuts or transfers and brought the $197.7 million city general fund budget into the black.
City Spokeswoman Marlene Feist said there were no major reductions in any one area and the administration, as well as individual departments, were able to tighten their budgets and reduce their expenditures.
“There’s little nips and tucks throughout that budget,” she said.