Spokane Mayor David Condon yesterday released his proposed 2016 budget and it includes a big increase in spending for transportation.

According to the Spokesman-Review, total city expenses for 2016 are estimated to be $824.7 million. That’s a 1.4 percent increase over 2015’s expenditures.

The transportation budget went from $25 million in 2015 to a proposed $46 million in 2016, mostly due to the 20-year levy that voters approved this year.

Condon said the budget reflects what he and his staff heard from citizens during efforts to engage people on social media, during telephone town halls and in person.

The City Council is responsible for approving a budget before the end of the year.

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