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TACOMA: City Council lacks business acumen

Letter by William J. Cichanski, Tacoma on Nov. 14, 2011 at 12:37 pm | 10 Comments »
November 14, 2011 1:14 pm

The citizens of Tacoma are not well served by the City Council. Recent news items highlighting the obvious lack of fiscal responsibility of this Council should be very disturbing to every Tacoma resident.

We are led to believe that the loomimg budget crisis was impossible to forecast. The Council also wishes us to accept that the crisis in the parking enterprise fund was not predictable at the time the city agreed to extensive debt service increases.

Our City Council is primarily responsible for fully understanding the funding implcations of all decisions made, yet this council is consistently reactive, rather than proactive, in forecasting the potential outcome of decisions made at City Council meetings.

While this Council fails in its primary duties, it is willing to attend out of state conferences en-masse, leave the streets and roads in disrepair, rush to modify the much-needed and long-awaited Shoreline Master Plan on the eve of its inception, and wish us to believe that spending $100,000 on a study to determine if an NBA team can be brought to the Tacoma Dome is a sound use of our limited funds at this time.

Have these council members no shame? The entire council should be subject to recall.

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