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Tag: Kurtis Kingsolver


Tacoma: Council adopts TBD spending plan, city identifies street repairs to be funded by new vehicle license fees

Tacoma’s City Council on Tuesday unanimously adopted a $4 million spending plan for the city’s newly created Transportation Benefit District, with the bulk of the money to be spent on local street repairs.

As part of the TBD budget — to be funded by revenues generated from the city’s soon-to-be imposed $20 vehicle license fee —  city officials provided a tentative list of $3.6 million worth of local roadway improvements.

(The streets to repaired under the program can be found here, though a few projects may change, officials said.)

The remaining money in the spending plan will go toward repairing

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Tacoma: City officials not worried about repaying $20 million bridge loan, despite former spokesman’s comments

As Tacoma celebrates the re-opening and centennial of the Murray Morgan Bridge this week, city officials say they aren’t worried about repaying a $20 million federal loan that was a key part of the span’s salvation — despite a recent comment from the city’s former spokesman suggesting they may have trouble doing so.

The no-interest loan, which materialized suddenly in 2010, provided the last funding piece needed for the city to complete the bridge’s $57 million rehabilitation.  When it appeared, the city hailed the loan as a windfall of sorts.

But on Sunday, the city’s former public

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Tacoma: McKinley leaves post as city’s public works director; Kingsolver named interim chief

Tacoma Public Works Director Richard “Dick” McKinley has left his city job and taken a new temporary position with Tacoma Power, several city government and utility officials confirmed Tuesday.

In his place, City Manager T.C. Broadnax announced he will assign assistant public works director Kurtis Kingsolver to serve as interim director.  Kingsolver’s promotion takes effect Feb. 11.

While Broadnax said “it’s not atypical” for personnel changes to occur after new management comes into a city, he added Tuesday he didn’t push McKinley out.

“There was an opportunity for Dick over at TPU  and he wanted to pursue it,” said Broadnax,

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