One year ago, when the rest of our state and nation were making pay cuts and staff reductions, the City of Tacoma announced that 2011 would bring $25 million in pay raises for city employees. Now, less than a year later, we’re told the city has a $36 million shortfall.
I am a huge supporter of police and fire public servants. But the math does not seem difficult here, and the extortion scam now being used to threaten taxpayers should be called for the hypocrisy it is. Shame on those who fall for it.
We lived in Tacoma for more than 20 years and still love the city. Some honesty would be encouraging.