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TACOMA: City manager’s raise isn’t deserved

Re: “Broadnax earns high praise, 4.7% pay raise” (TNT, 3-18).

Tacoma taxpayers had to pay for T.C. Broadnax and the Texas “Good Old Boys Club” on-the-job-training when they were all hired. Why? Because they had no experience managing a city.

Now the mayor and City Council want to give him a 4.7 percent raise, and the streets and sidewalks are not fixed. Parking in downtown Tacoma is terrible, and Pacific Avenue going south will never get fixed. The city manager says there is no money.

No politician should ever get a raise more than Social Security raises each year. In 2015, senior citizens got 1.7 percent

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TACOMA: Library layoffs sure to affect service

Re: “Libraries may shelve cheapest workers” (TNT, 10-29).

Tacoma City Manager T.C. Broadnax wants to slash $400,000 from Tacoma libraries without slashing services. Even before I got to that place in the story I was agreeing with Lillian Hunter, president of the library’s board of trustees: To think it will not affect services in some way is ”misguided thinking.”

Broadnax strikes me as the typical thoughtless executive who fails to recognize that it takes people to provide the services he is generously paid to provide. He says “a community member seldom talks to him about who does the work,” it’s

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TACOMA: Unfair picture given of union pay

Re: “City union pay, up 13; non-union, 0. How come?” (editorial, 1-27),

As a Tacoma Public Utilities union employee, I must object to the extremely biased presentation of the wage situation with the city’s unions and non-represented employees.

I do not know anyone who has received a 13 percent raise over the past five years. I can only imagine that you were given that figure because one or two unions were so grossly underpaid in the Class and Comp study that the city administration undertook that their salaries had to be raised by 20 percent or more to reach

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TACOMA: That tax windfall won’t last very long

City Manager T.C. Broadnax and the City Council’s lack of understanding about what is a “cost of service” utility – such as Tacoma Power – is surprising. If they didn’t understand or weren’t informed of the raises built into Tacoma Power’s budget, then their only reaction upon finding out should be to direct Tacoma Power to reduce rates to reflect a rate reduction equal to the budget amount for the raises.

Broadnax and the City Council seem to feel it’s OK to treat this as a windfall to show how Tacoma Power has “slack” in its budget to offset the

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TACOMA: Proposal looks like smoke and mirrors

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,

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