Bill forcing tax negotiations between Spokane city and county on emergency communications passes House

OLYMPIA – The county-led Spokane Regional Emergency Communications agency and the city of Spokane may soon be forced to reach an agreement on how to form one emergency communications agency to determine how certain tax revenue is used.

Despite opposition from Spokane-area Republicans, the state House of Representatives passed Monday a bill that sponsor Spokane Democrat Rep. Marcus Ricccelli says simply fixes a “timing issue” with how counties and cities currently decide when to form an emergency communications agency. The bill passed on partisan lines, 56-41.

The fix would specifically address the long standoff between the city of Spokane and SREC, forcing them to either reach an agreement in

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