City Council to Vote on Allocation of Spokane Police Vehicle Funding

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SPOKANE, Wash. — The Spokane City Council will vote on a special budget ordinance at Monday’s meeting to approve funding allocations for Spokane police vehicles.

“City Council has led the way in a historic transformation of the city’s public safety fleet to reduce costs, increase performance and create a predictable replacement schedule,” said Council Speaker Breean Beggs. “This order form and the Council’s Police Vehicle Utilization Study will enhance service to the community for years to come.

Due to a national vehicle shortage, supply chain delays and a restrictive annual vehicle order window, the order calls for the approval of $3,128,000 from the city’s general unallocated reserve fund. to be used only for the purchase and entry into service of up to 46 Ford K8 Hybrid or Ford Mach-E vehicles.

The prescription is sponsored by Beggs, with co-sponsors board member Kinnear and board member Bingle. The ordinance requires five votes to be approved. If passed, there is a lead time for the order of 12 to 24 months, so the order would replace vehicles until 2023.

“The wait time for vehicles is not something we can control,” said Council Member Lori Kinnear. “We can be proactive, anticipate what we need and order ahead. Council Speaker Beggs and I have been advocating for years for our police officers to get those vehicles that previous administrations were unable to provide.

“I am grateful that we are helping to equip the police with what they need,” Council Member Jonathan Bingle said. “This is one of many steps needed to keep our community safe.”

City Council will be held Monday at 6 p.m.

You can view it in person at the council chambers or online here.

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