I believe a good community needs to provide quality city services. Tacoma, however, has fallen short of funding these systems properly. Also, these services have fallen short of being accountable to the people who vote to protect them.
The most inefficient of all of these systems is the Tacoma Public Library. Basic services, like keeping a book on hold and requesting an in-book transfer from one library to another, does not happen. I have personally experienced this lack of inefficiency.
A simple third-grade book for my daughter remained “ in transit” for more than a week. When I showed up in person after a week of getting nowhere on the phone, I was told they sent the book back because I wasn’t there when the in-transit van arrived.
Where is the accountability? Accountability is a big push in politics, education and other aspects of society but not in our basic services that the city provides. How are people in Tacoma getting treated by the services we vote and advocate funding for? How can books be “ lost in transit” that your family members are waiting on?
The lack of affordability of basic utilities, park programs and city transit punish our community members who vote to protect them. When you try to access services, the customer service is very poor.
Where is the justice here? Every Tacoma citizen should be able to receive efficiently run services to provide a good-quality life in the city we love.