The decision before the Tacoma City Council is how to balance the budget without making cuts that will injure its taxpayers.
An obvious place to look for extra money is the nonprofit hospitals that are not required to pay business and operating taxes as all other businesses in the city pay. If the City Council voted to repeal this special tax break, it would add $1.8 million to the city’s coffers.
It is immoral to pay hospital CEOs six-figure salaries while the rest of the city is bleeding. Nowadays, hospitals are run like businesses. They recruit, compete and advertise. Their budgets compare to big corporations. It’s time they pay their fair share to the city and not use Tacoma’s taxpayers as a crutch.