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TACOMA: City manager should again refuse raise

Letter by Anders C. Ibsen, Tacoma on Nov. 24, 2010 at 1:50 pm | 5 Comments »
November 26, 2010 1:46 pm

Does anyone feel that a public servant making almost a quarter of a million dollars per year is being underpaid?

That’s the message from Tacoma City Manager Eric Anderson, who recently announced he would accept a $35,000 pay raise, in addition to $32,000 in back pay for not taking a raise last year.

At a time of record unemployment, when Tacoma citizens are suffering cuts to vital services and city workers under him are suffering wage freezes and furloughs, our city manager has the audacity to demand more than $67,000 – more than one year’s income for the average Tacoma family.

When Anderson refused a pay raise last year, he did so for “fiscal and symbolic” reasons. With millions in budget cuts still to make, I can’t think of a more symbolic and fiscal statement he could make.

Every dollar counts. Anderson should refuse this year’s raise as well.

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