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Councilmembers raise property taxes by 1 percent

Councilmember Eileen Macoll said she wants to emphasize economic growth and helping small businesses.
SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter November 18, 2020

Pullman City councilmembers unanimously passed an ordinance that will raise property taxes by 1 percent and bring in around $67,000 more for the city than last year’s property taxes, during Tuesday night’s...

City Council discusses grant to expand tech entrepreneurship, downtown infrastructure

The grant could bring more entrepreneurs to downtown Pullman, said economic development manager Jennifer Hackman.
JENAE LAXSON, Evergreen reporter November 11, 2020

Councilmembers discussed a new Economic Development Administration grant collaboration between WSU and Pullman during a city council meeting on Tuesday. WSU is looking into an EDA grant to expand technology...

City departments present preliminary budget requests

Each city department will have a slight increase in budget requests, said Mike Urban, finance director and interim city administrator.
SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter November 4, 2020

Pullman City Council started its budget process for 2021 and 2022, hearing proposals from city departments that will be determined on or after Nov. 17.  Councilmembers emphasized the need for economic...

Councilmembers propose use of raw sewage technology

The non-invasive technology can measure the condition of a sewage pipe, said Kevin Gardes, councilmember and Pullman public works director.
JENAE LAXSON, Evergreen reporter October 28, 2020

Councilmembers discussed reducing possible exposure to COVID-19  from raw sewage by using non-invasive technology during a city council meeting on Tuesday.  The technology can measure the condition...

City Hall moves to larger building

Pullman Mayor Glenn Johnson said the Whitman County District Court is the only office staying in the former City Hall building. All other offices are in the new building.
BRADLEY GAMBLE, Evergreen reporter October 21, 2020

The Pullman City Hall offices moved to a new building Oct. 12 because of a lack of space in the former building. The new city hall building is located in what used to be the former Encounter Ministries...

Councilmembers approve Kamiak Cottages planned development

Pullman City Councilmembers approved several building developments, including Kamiak Cottages’ planned development and the planned Paradise Hills subdivision project.
SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter October 20, 2020

The Pullman City Council approved several building developments and heard a presentation on the status of criminal justice in Pullman during its virtual meeting Tuesday night. Construction in town The...

Councilmembers to consider property tax increase following drop in city revenue

Pullman City Council can declare a need for the tax increase partly caused by the city's economic pitfall because of COVID-19. The city hopes to see increased revenue from several construction projects, even if the property tax does not go up, said Mike Urban, Pullman director of finance and administrative services. 
SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter October 20, 2020

The Pullman City Council will decide on a possible property tax increase in November when the council adopts its 2021 tax levy.  If the council increases the property tax by the state-designated 1...

Arts committee decides to put Black Lives Matter mural on Paradise, Spring streets

Committee Chair Jeri Harris said local artists are encouraged to participate in installing the mural.
SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter October 13, 2020

The Pullman Arts Commission decided to implement a Black Lives Matter mural on the corner of Paradise and Spring Streets, which will cost anywhere from $1,000-3,000. The commission discussed several possibilities...

League of Women Voters hosts virtual issue forum about ballot measures

LWV President Bobbie Ryder said Senate Bill 5395 and Senate Joint Resolution 8212 will appear on this year’s ballot.
ANDREA GONZALEZ, Evergreen reporter October 12, 2020

The League of Women Voters of Pullman and the Pullman Chamber of Commerce discussed a bill that would require schools to teach comprehensive sex education to all students, as well as a resolution that...

Pullman saw $700,000 drop in yearly revenue, finance director says

City officials say Pullman will bounce back from the economic turmoil caused by the pandemic, but a yearly budget may be difficult to plan for as of now.
SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter October 6, 2020

The City of Pullman saw more than a $700,000 drop in overall revenue during 2020, with much of the loss coming from a decrease in sales, gambling, admissions and public utilities taxes, according to a...

City officials, residents comment on removal of Main Street parking

The parking was removed in accordance with an agreement between the city and the Washington State Department of Transportation.
JENAE LAXSON, Evergreen reporter October 4, 2020

After receiving mostly negative feedback, the back-in angled parking on Main Street was removed, and the information collected will be used to reevaluate Pullman’s downtown master plan. “We had...

City Council will not spend CARES money on marketing plan

Councilmember Al Sorenson said he was okay with not using CARES Act money on a marketing plan for Pullman, but that the city needed to prioritize helping businesses. 
SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter September 29, 2020

Pullman City Council unanimously approved the updated Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act funding expenses during its Tuesday virtual meeting.  The council decided against spending any...

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