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TACOMA: Proposal looks like smoke and mirrors

Letter by Ann L. Denzer, Tacoma on Oct. 3, 2012 at 4:34 pm | No Comments »
October 4, 2012 10:05 am

Re: “Tacoma plan cuts 217 jobs” (TNT, 10-3).

City Manager T.C. Broadnax just hired three people from Texas at very expensive salaries with moving costs and benefits. I suggest those jobs be eliminated. Those jobs should have been filled by qualified local individuals, not out-of-staters.

I do not support “a good old boys club” of Broadnax’s Texas friends. Mayor Marilyn Strickland and the City Council were not doing their jobs to benefit Tacoma and Pierce County by hiring out-of-staters for local jobs. Our unemployment rate is high, and I am sure there were local individuals qualified for those positions, including the Tacoma city manager position.

Broadnax wants to raise fees and taxes. Fees and taxes are the same thing. I am against a $20 increase on vehicle license tabs. Eliminating the business tax exemption for health care nonprofits will increase costs to consumers and add out-of-pocket expenses for patients.

The union workers will get raises and improved benefits. Broadnax is increasing the size of government by “re-organizing”? Where have the taxpayers heard that before?

I see an abundance of “smoke and mirrors” in this budget proposal from Broadnax.

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