Is there no accountability for performance or oversight of the Tacoma Fire Department budget?
An article (TNT, 4-28) stated the Tacoma Fire Department is currently over budget by more than $600,000. City of Tacoma public record shows the Tacoma fire chief’s annual salary between $134,846 and $172,889. Under the direction of the city manager, the fire chief prepares and manages the fire department budget; he is responsible for the supervision and control of expenditures.
While we as taxpayers are financially obligated for these uncontrolled budgets and expenditures, who is accountable for the lack of fiscal responsibility and oversight? Who and how are these issues of poor performance addressed? Maybe it’s time fiscal responsibility and budget control were demanded with performance accountability required.