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?