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Capital Improvement Program guides priorities

6-year program prioritizes existing and future capital needs

Release Date: 6/11/2013 1:00:00 PM

MEDIA CONTACT: Brian Coddington, Communications Director, (509) 625-6740

A program that will guide how the City prioritizes and funds capital projects over the next six years has been developed in draft form for public comment.

The Citywide Capital Improvement Program (CIP) is both a planning and financial document that utilizes the City’s Comprehensive Plan to help inform the types of projects the City should be implementing. The CIP prioritizes the capital improvements the City intends to build in the next six years and identifies a plan to pay for the improvements. A complete copy of the document is available at via the link, “2014-2019 Citywide CIP.”

“The Capital Improvement Plan is the critical link between comprehensive planning and projects being constructed,” Spokane Mayor David Condon said. “We could not provide necessary services without capital investments.”

Capital facilities include public property, buildings (fire stations, libraries, etc.), open spaces, roadways, sewer plants and facilities including pipes in the ground and electrical wiring, solid waste trucks and disposal sites. A capital facility can also be major communication or computer systems.

The Plan Commission will hold a workshop on Wednesday at 2 p.m. to review the draft document. The draft will be presented to the City Council during a study session on June 27 at 3:30 p.m. The CIP will remain in draft form until after the 2014 budget has been approved.

State law requires cities to prepare a capital facilities plan consisting of:

• An inventory of existing capital facilities owned by public entities, show the locations and capacities of capital facilities
• A forecast of the future needs for such capital facilities
• The proposed locations and capacities of expanded or new capital facilities
• At least a six-year program that will finance such capital facilities within projected funding capacities and clearly identifies sources of public money for such purposes
• A requirement to reassess the land use element if probably funding falls short of meeting existing needs and to ensure that the land use element, capital facilities plan element, and financing plan within the capital facilities plan element are coordinated and consistent.

The City is committed to providing quality, affordable services for all City residents while factoring growth.

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