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I CHENEY FREE PRESS Thursday, July 30, 2015 NEWS continued from page 1 courts on dealing with these incidents under the new marijuana laws. There are 33 active cases under in- vestigation in Cheney, as compared to 19 last year and 18 in 2013. Campbell said some of these are likely awaiting a return phone call before either being filed or closed. The department has averaged just over 29 active cases per month, up from 27 through March, with the most filings coming in February -- 13 - and has a 26.60 percent year-to-date clearance rate. Traffi contacts are down just over 8.39 percent, with the number of cita- tions and warnings also down. Parking citations are down 11.05 percent. So far in 2015, Cheney dispatch has handled 26,404 computer-aided calls for service, a decrease of 3.1 percent. Of those, calls for Cheney officers has increased by 6.1 percent from 15,190 to 16,177 while calls for Eastern Washing- ton University officers has decreased 15.21 percent from 12,062 to 10,227. Overall, the percentage of Cheney to EWU calls has shifted in 2015 to 61 percent Cheney and 39 percent EWU, compared to a 56 - 44 percent ratio in 2014. Of time spent by department dis- patchers on non-call related functions, generating no contact orders continues Cheney Police Department Budget Highlights In U.S. dollars $ Budget :~mendi~e YTD YTD 2015 ~ YTO 2014 YTD 2013 Overtime Maintenance-Vehicles Maintenance-Building SuPPlies Fuel (General Fund)(General) (General) (General) Graphic by Brittani Montecucco The chart above shows a portion of the Cheney Police Department's budgets from 2013-2015. Even though the percentage of budget year to date is smaller in 2015 than in 2014 for Overtime (General Fund), the bar for 2015 is larger because of a $10,000 increase in overtime funding approved by the City Council for 2015. to require the most time, up178 percent brought about by recent changes to from 2014. domestic violence laws. Campbell said Dispatchers have handled 110 fire- the impacts of these reports is difficult arms related reports so far this year, a to gauge, but anticipates they could be new category for police departments significant due to individuals comply- ing with the law surrendering multiple weapons that could be stored for a long time. "We have to hold those until the court issues a return," Campbell said. "That could fill up our property room soon." As for the department's overall $2.69 million budget, most expenses remain below the 50 percent mark, with the exception of general fund and training fund overtime. The former is running at 215.9 percent of budget, which is 4.5 percent less than tl rough une 2014. Chenev's City Council approved an additional $10,000 for general fund overtime in 2015 as well as changes in staffing. One change allows the cityto track overtime over a 28-day period instead of the previous seven-day timeframe, while another requires a minimum of two patrol officers on duty at all times, excluding July and August. Campbell said the two-officer mini- mum has been good for safety. But with just one officer required, the department ended 2014 at $55,941 over budget in overtime - 449.6 percent of what was expensed. "If having one guy on caused us to be at 449.6 percent, I expect two guys would be double that," he added. John McCallum can be reached at jmac@cheneyfreepress.com. continued from page 1 regulation for medical cannabis that no more than l0 qualifying The proposed require- in Washington state, patients may participate in a ments are similar for coop- "We're doubling down on our Under the proposed ordi- single collective garden at any erative gardens, except that efforts and devotion to this nance, growers may not operate time. Areas where cannabis is no more than four patients community." a cooperative garden without grown, stored or dispensedor providers may participate The commission also held a first obtaining a medical canna- must have ventilation/air ill- in a single garden. Similar to workshop on an ordinance that bis collective garden regulatory tration systems. A location for a recreational marijuana stan- includes amendments to the license from the city. To apply collective garden willbe classi- dards, collective gardens are city's current medical cannabis for a license, growers must be fled as an agricultural process- prohibited within 1,000 feet standards. The ordinance is a qualified patients or designated ing plant and is limited to light of sensitive use areas such as result of the emergencymorato- providers, must submit valid industrial and heavy industrial daycare centers, bus stops, riumon medical marijuanaCity documentation, be at least 18 zoned properties. No cannabis schools, parks and game at- Council passed in May. The years old and have no felony from the collective garden may cades. moratorium was in response to convictions in the last 10 years, be delivered to anyone otherCommissioner Kal Patel , " ,t Gov. Jay Inslee szgnmg the The A license costs $250 plus a $25 than qualifying patient partici- said he had concerns about Cannabis Patient Protection fee for a background check, pated in the collective garden safety, specifically someone Act," a senate bill that creates The ordinance also states or that garden's provider,growing plants in their apart- ment. The ordinance states that plants in a cooperative garden must be grown within the domicile - living space - of one of the garden's par- ticipants. The ordinance also has a nuisance clause where any violation is declared to be a nuisance and the domicile may be abated: "If they grow plants and it disrupts their neighbors, the landlord can evict them," Braaten said. Al Stover can be reached at al@cheneyfreepress.com. continued from page 1 the city has reduced its staff by at least five posi- $1,236,000inrevenuetothe tions, consolidated other city's current expense - or jobs and tapped as much general--fund, basedupon reserve account funding the current levy rate. If the as possible without put- tax increase is approved ting those accounts in by voters, it could mean an jeopardy of not being able additional $410,975 in rev- to meet an emergency. enue to the general fund, On the other side of based upon an estimated the coin, Schuller said the 2016 total assessed valua- city has many needs, espe- tion of $535,028,190, a hum- cially in additional person- ber Niemeier said could go nel and new equipment, higher or lower, in departments paid for City Administra- through the general fund PRAYER FOR SICK & HURTING EVERY SUNDAY WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE YOU JOIN US THIS SUNDAY If What lifting the lid could mean approved, Cheney's proposal to increase property taxes to $3.10 per $1,000 of assessed property valuation could have the following effect: Increase taxes on property valued at $150,000 by $104.43/annually, $8.70/monthly, 29 cents/daily, Increase taxes on property valued at $200,000 by $139.22/annually, $11.60/monthly, 38 cents/daily, Increase taxes on property valued at $250,000 by $174.05/annually, $14.50/monthly, 48 cents daily. Information provided by the city of Cheney tot Mark Schuller said - namely police and fire. Cheney has come to this There are also capital proj- point because of a number ects such as renovating the of circumstances, namely city's popular swimming loss in shared revenue pool, as well as maintain- from the state and sales ing the new park on Betz tax revenues that have Road and upgrading other not measured up to hopes, facilities. Over the past several years "We're at the point now where we need to take our needs to the voters and ask them what kind of levels of service do you want to see for the city and how do you want to pay for it," Schuller said. Schuller said he, Nie- meier, Mayor TomTrulove and other staff members looked at various ways of providing additional revenue, and determined that the fairest way was the proposed property tax increase. With the ex- ception of governmental holdings, property taxes apply to all properties in the city, including rentals, and come from areas that rely heavily on the services those taxes provide. Council members were supportive of the levy lid lift proposal. Council- woman Teresa Overhaus- er said the city has "been on the edge for a long time" when it comes to current expense funding, and that it was "fair and right" to ask the public to consider the proposal. "Is there a plan B?" Councilman Chris Grover asked. "Our plan B is cuts in service, and we don't want to cut services," Schuller replied. Councilman John Taves said he would like to see all three readings and ap- more of a plan, alist, ofhow proving its final passage the money raised would be in summary and title form spent if approved, in order to meet an Aug. 4 The councilfast tracked deadline to submit the nec- the ordinance by holding essary paperwork to the Spokane County Auditor's office for inclusion on the Nov. 4 ballot. 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