Spokane considers incentives for downtown security measures

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A Washington city will consider incentives for downtown businesses that make security improvements.

The Spokane Spokesman-Review reports the Spokane City Council is considering a measure that would give rebates for money spent on surveillance cameras, lighting and other security improvements on downtown properties.

City Councilman Breean Beggs the measure would reward people for investing in safety measures and let owners decide which ones are best for their property.

The plan has the backing of the Downtown Spokane Partnership, which collects annual fees totaling more than $1 million to fund services that include street cleaning, event support and security.

If the full city council approves the plan, $26,000 will be made available to support security efforts.

Spokane City Councilwoman Kate Burke says the money might be better spent on other efforts.