I hear complaints about the condition of Spokane streets pretty regularly in this business. Well bad news, because things may get worse within the City of Spokane, due to budget cuts announced yesterday.

Mayor Mary Verner presented her 2011 budget to the City Council yesterday, which included 120 job cuts. Fourteen of those come from the street department. Those cuts would effect repairs to streets after utility cuts are made and how fast the streets will be plowed after snowstorms. Here is a summary of all the proposed cuts, from the Spokesman-Review.

The City has a program where it offers incentives to employees who come up with ways to save money on City programs and activities. Suppose you were a City employee. What ideas would you submit? And don’t worry, I don’t qualify so I’m not going to steal your ideas and submit them as my own.

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