Spokane Mayor Nadine Woodward proposes new homeless shelter in preliminary budget

Oct 5, 2021

Expenses in the city of Spokane budget.
Credit City of Spokane

The mayor of Spokane has released her proposal for the fiscal 2022 budget. It’s about 11% higher than this year’s budget.

Mayor Nadine Woodward’s budget proposal comes in a little shy of $1.1 billion dollars. Projects focused on homelessness, public safety and emergency preparedness will see a funding boost. Woodward wants the city to open a new shelter to prepare for an expected increase in homelessness. The mayor is planning a mix of federal American Rescue Plan dollars and local sales tax funding to set up and operate the shelter.

Woodward is also asking for several new high-level staffers in the executive branch, including a deputy city manager and a diversity and equity officer.

Extreme weather events also get a look in the proposed 2022 budget -- including more than a million dollars in new funds for fire preparedness and more than $100,000 for heat waves.

The City Council will hold four budget workshops with the mayor in October, with the goal of a final version in November and adopting the budget by year’s end.