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TACOMA: City Council lacks business acumen

Letter by William J. Cichanski, Tacoma on Nov. 14, 2011 at 12:37 pm with 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.

Leave a comment Comments → 10
  1. sandblower says:

    Run for office Bill, if you can do it better.

  2. LarryFine says:

    … kooky, that’s what kardnos used to say.

  3. tree_guy says:

    Everything will be OK next year when the limosine liberals on the council enact sweeping revenue enhancements including increases to license tabs, gasoline taxes, property taxes, sales taxes, transportation district taxes, utility rate increases and every other fee increase imaginable and continue the incremental process of removing services which the taxpayers always imaginged they paid for.

    Anybody who questions the new fees or service cutbacks will be marginalized as a “tea partier” or a rich corporate executive or wall street type.

  4. olympicmtn says:

    Tree agree. And would add since everyone on the council either depends on public funds for employment they have zero credibility to talk about cutting any waste since they depend on pork. In fact why don’t we cut the at large council members all together they aren’t relevant.

  5. princessnancy says:

    Great letter. I agree, they should all be recalled!

  6. sandblower says:

    How many times do we need to say that government is not a business and does not follow a business model so that it can SERVE its citizens?
    Idiocy rules on some of these pages. And then we are banished for calling a spade a spade for you see, ‚ÄúRidicule may lawfully be employed where reason has no hope of success.” (Aristotle or A. J. Ayre or somebody like that.)

  7. tree_guy says:

    When people say the government should employ a “business model” they mean the government should employ austerity and common sense, not that they should actually start businesses.

  8. sandblower says:

    tree_guy, take a look at the history of recent austerity measures as noted by Mr. Krugman. Austerity, as proposed by the extreme right, is a disaster for jobs and the economy and it is what the republicans have been doing to us for far too long.

  9. tree_guy says:

    Sandblower, the letter under discussion doesn’t have anything to do with job creation but rather the Tacoma City Council’s inability to focus on the provision of critical services in the most cost effective fashion. Though you seem inclined to blame the Republican Party, in fact the council seats are non-partisan. Don’t know where you got the idea that the council is controlled by Republicans.

  10. citizendoe says:

    At this point, 4 years after the beginning of the slide, any council, legislature or leaders that are being caught off guard, should have their head’s examined.

    HEY! its not secret, you need to cut back from the over spending fueled by an economy that was clearly propped up by housing industry of cards….

    Citizens regardless of political ideology should not stand for such short sightedness.

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