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When the actual bill is lower than the budget bill, the customer gains a "deferred credit" to use towards months where the actual bill is larger than the budget bill amount.
After a 12 month period, your account goes through a "settle-up" process. This means the past 12 months, plus or minus the deferred balance is re-averaged to calculate a new budget bill amount.
No, all fireworks are illegal and prohibited within the incorporated areas of the city of Cheney. Anyone violating any provision of Cheney Municipal Code 18.08.074 shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor.
Cheney residents are allowed to burn only in manufactured portable outdoor devices, such as barbecues, patio heaters, fireplaces, and chimineas, and only when there is no burning ban. Approved fuels are clean and dry seasoned firewood, charcoal, natural gas, or propane gas. Not allowed are any outdoor fires without a chimney and spark arrester, such as in a backyard fire pit or campfire. Any open burning of yard and garden debris is prohibited. Please see the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency for current outdoor burning conditions.
Copies of reports are obtained through our Public Records Request process. The Public Records Request form is here. You may also obtain a form at the City Clerk's Office at City Hall, 609 2nd Street, Cheney, WA 99004, or by calling our Public Records Officer at (509) 498-9209 to request a form.
If you believe you did not commit the violation then you should select the third box, and request a contested hearing. Unless you request the officer to be subpoenaed, the procedure at the hearing will be for the Judge to read the sworn statement of the officer. Then you may testify or present any evidence or witnesses that you wish. If you want to have the officer present, please submit your request in writing at the time you present your ticket or as soon thereafter as possible so the hearing can be appropriately scheduled. Officers are not required to be present unless subpoenaed. There are instructions on the back of the hearing notice you will need to read that address this topic as well as other information. As a result of a contested hearing, the penalty may stay the same, be reduced, dismissed, or found not committed. A contested infraction hearing is a civil case and the Judge will decide the case based on the preponderance of the evidence.
Important: If you're not sure whether the situation is a true emergency, officials recommend calling 911 and letting the call-taker determine whether you need emergency help. All other non-emergency calls can be made to 509-535-9233.
The Noise Ordinance for the city of Cheney is here.