Letters to the Editor

Your views in 200 words or less

TACOMA: Tell us what we’re paying for

Letter by Stephen Hemmert, Tacoma on Aug. 26, 2010 at 9:37 am | 22 Comments »
August 26, 2010 9:37 am

The Tacoma City Council needs to examine what the proper role of city government is and the essential services it needs to provide.

I am billed by Tacoma Public Utilities for power, water, garbage, sewer, storm sewer. I am billed for cable service. I pay property taxes for Tacoma School District No. 10. I pay for the Port of Tacoma. I pay for Metro Parks.

It’s time for the City Council to explain in lay terms what the government is paying for. It’s fine to refinance debt to reduce payments, but that should be done without regard to the budgetary crisis.

Maybe the council needs to rein in the role of government and provide only essential services. There appears to be a lot of fluff in the budget.

Even in good times, what were we paying for?

Tags:
*
The News Tribune now uses Facebook commenting on selected blogs. See editor's column for more details. Commenters are expected to abide by terms of service for Facebook as well as commenting rules for thenewstribune.com. Report violators to webmaster@thenewstribune.com.