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NEWS CHENEY FREE PRESS Thursday, July 23, 2015 Students to see 20 percent reduction in fees over the next two years By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter After an initial viewing in May, and passing an interim budget for the 2015-16 academic year in mid- June, the Eastern Washington University board of trustees approved a final spending package Friday, July 17. Meeting both in person and over the telephone in the trustees boardroom in Showalter Hall, the opera- tional budget of $271.5 million for fiscal year 2016, which began July 1, was unanimously approved. The board also voted to accept a 2015-17 capital budget totaling $84.9 million. The board was unable to approve a final budget earlier due to the W&shington Legislature going into three special sessions before finally approving a $38.2 billion state operating budget for the 2015-17 biennium, June 29. EWU President Mary Cullinan commended state lawmakers for their historic reinvestment in higher education. "This budget is great news for our hard- working students and their families," Cullinan said in a statement. The school wins with the budget reflecting a slight $3.9 million increase over the numbers presented at the May 14 board meeting. And students win with a 5 percent operating fee reduction for resident under- graduate tuition for the 2015-2016 academic year. The reduction in tuition and fees for Eastern surpasses the 15 percent students at the University of Washington will see. The budget is based on a projected enrollment of 10,651 students, a number that has recently re- mained fiat. The tuition decrease means the quarterly rate for resident undergraduates will drop from $2,457 to $2,351 or $7,052 annually. By fall 2016, tuition levels are expected to drop by another 15 percent. With what has been termed an "unprecedent- ed reduction in tuition" Eastern will remain the most affordable public university in the state. "This budget will enable EWU to continue serv- ing as a vital resource for Spokane, the region and the state," Cullinan said. Eastern's capital budget includes money for design, but not construction of a new science building and $36.3 million from bond sales to remodel the Pence Union Building. Ground breaking is expected in early 2016 on the PUB project. Paul Delaney can be reached at Airway H By AL STOVER StaffReporter Airway/Heights resi- dents who cannot make public meetings but still want to keep up with the various projects happening around the city have anew avenue of doing so. In a news release, Air- way Heights announced it launched its new "Open City Hall" application on its website. Open City Hall gives citizens the opportunity to engage other residents, as well as city staff and officials in a conversation and voice their input and opinion on projects and issues happening throughout Airway Heights. Peak Democracy, a Cal- ifornia-based non-partisan company, developed Open City Hall. According to the company's website, Open City Hall's objective is to broaden civic engagement and build public trust in government. Morett m 100 other government agen- Cies in the United States, Canada and Australia use Open City Han. Open City Hall works like any web-based forum. Residents can view the topic and post their posi- tion on it. Peak Democracy monitors the forum for disruptive statements that contain personal attacks, continued from page 1 system going on line in 2017. The county would not provide non-emer- gency service calls such as responses to vehicle lockouts, building security alarms, elevator alarms and regular radio contact with officers leaving their vehides and patrolling the campus on foot. Hensley said these calls would need to be contracted for through another service, handled in house by the university or not handled at all. "They know this," Hensley said. "This is not one of those intended con- sequences. They know this is coming. They're willing to live with that." At issue is the rise in calls for service for uni- versity officers handled by Cheney dispatch in comparison with what the university pays the TOMLINSON Pete Baccarella 509-953-4598 USAF Retired BUY or SELL? .~ !~ #I]i~' e-PRO@ ights launches 'Open City Hall' information service profanity, commercial ad- the feedback on Open City vertising or content that is Hall and use it to help entirely off-topic. They also guide the city's decision- watch for users who have making process. falsified their registration "Ifsanincrediblyeffec- information that intend to five way to empower resi- post multiple statements in dents to participate in city one topic or to misrepresent decisions from the privacy their city of residence, and convenience of their In addition to engaging ownhome," City Manager residents, staff will collect Albert Tripp said. The city is currently asking residents how much of the savings Air- way Heights receives from garbage disposal they would support being used toward enhancing public safety services. Open City Hall is the latest strategy Airway Heights is using to engage Photo by Paul Delaney Open for business Cheney became one of the new focal' 'points of residential develop- ment on the West Plains with the official opening of phase one of the Harvest Bluff development. From left to right are: Cheney City Council members John Taves and Jill Weiszmann, Mayor Tom Trulove and Joe Jackson,West Plains Chamber of Commerce executive director. Also taking part were Susan Bolin, regional sales manager for Hayden Homes and John Francisco, West Plains Chamber of Commerce president. De- velopers expect over 130 homes to be built over 4-5 phases, featuring 10 different floor plans and with prices ranging from $174,990-$244,990. city for the service. When the contract was negoti- ated in 2006, Eastern paid a base amount of $84,000 a year, increasing annually according to the Spokane Consumer Price Index. Between 2007 - 2011 EWU's CAD portion of Cheney dispatch's work- load amounted to an av- erage of 27 percent. That increased to 40.43 percent annual average from 2012 - 2014, while Eastern's $91,644 contribution amounted to 16.34 per- cent of Cheney's overall $560,600 communications budget in 2015. Hensley said the city sent a letter to the univer- sity informing them of Chenev's intention to ter- rninate the contract. But, he and others are still holding out hope the university will decide to talk to them. "It's important for you to know from the city's perspective that we port. Finance Director haven't Closed any of the Cindy Niemeier said In- doors," Hensley said, trinium desired to amend In other business, the the original agreement to council set Aug. 25 as the reflect an increase in de- date for a public hearing mands for its services at on an application by Les an amount that at first was Schwab for city vacation larger than acceptable. of a portion of Spokane Both organizations Street. Public Works Di- were able to negotiate the rector Todd Ableman amendment to an accept- said the tire dealer is ask- able level, Niemeier said, ing the city to vacate a 60- with the city agreeing to foot section of the street a $795 a month increase allowing them to expand and three-year contract their business to provide term extension. a commercial unit han- J o h n M c C a I - dling larger vehicles, lure can be reached at Council also accepted eomeou ande.jou THE FAIRWAYS the FUN, FOOD and FESTlYlTESI9810 W. 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