|GSI Opposes Community Bill of Rights|
The Greater Spokane Incorporated (GSI) Board of Trustees recently voted unanimously to oppose Proposition 1, the Community Bill of Rights. The initiative aims to allow neighborhoods to, “approve zoning changes proposed for their neighborhoods involving significant commercial, industrial, or residential development,” among other items.
GSI works to strengthen the local economy, connect businesses and promote job growth. GSI believes the measure will drive businesses out of Spokane and discourage others from considering our region for relocation, having a devastating effect on our regional economy.
“Making it difficult to develop appropriate properties will slow Spokane’s ability to grow economically,” said Tom Fritz, incoming Chair of GSI’s Board of Trustees and CEO of Inland Northwest Health Services. “With our region in need of more jobs, we need to focus on measures that make it easier to do business, generate employment opportunities and push Spokane forward."
The measure could also increase construction costs, which would negatively impact the thousands of jobs in the industry, and would more than likely cause taxes to go up and services to be cut.
The proposition’s ambiguous language will also make way for frivolous lawsuits that can clog up our courts, costing taxpayers money. The Community Bill of Rights will interfere with employers’ rights to grow and expand their businesses.