The time has come for Tacomans to jettison the city’s antiquated, duplicative and financially wasteful city manager form of government.
Relatively very few cities are willing to spend the extensive resources to have eight council members, a mayor and city manager. Yet, despite a endless list of civic leaders who have advocated terminating Tacoma’s city manager system, the city continues to waste at least $500,000 a year on the current system.
There are many complaints against a city manager system, including the fact that the manager is not directly accountable to voters and cannot be voted out of office. The city manager in Tacoma can do whatever he pleases so long as he is not opposed by give council members.
Most Tacomans would rather save the jobs of five police officers or firefighters rather than continue with the city manger system. The Tacoma City Council should place the measure before the voters in November 2012 as most Tacomans value public safety far more than needless bureaucracy in the city manager system.