Re: “Council to vote on $4.9 million in pay hikes” (TNT, 5-7).
As a retired Tacoma schoolteacher living on a very small fixed income, I was appalled to read the proposed rate hikes for 400 Tacoma Public Utilities employees. They call it “market-driven rate adjustments.” I call it ridiculous.
Utilities director Bill Gaines’ salary will go from $310,000 to $366,000 – an 18 percent hike! Gaines is making almost as much as President Obama. No wonder our rates continue to increase while our services decrease.
I will be disgusted if this proposal is passed by our City Council. I can only hope the members will listen to Councilman Ryan Mello’s advice and not vote for this proposal because this is not fair for the people of Tacoma during these difficult times.