Tacoma: Health care savings could free up $11.3 million for targeted city services next year; deal with unions could save another $1.3 million in 2014
A smaller-than-expected increase in the City of Tacoma’s costs for providing employees with medical coverage could free up to $11.3 million over the next two years.
Nearly a third of that money would be used to restore funding to city services targeted for budget cuts or pay for other unfunded programs, City Manager T.C. Broadnax told the City Council Tuesday.
The savings also would allow the city to set aside about $2 million to help pay for unfunded police officers and firefighters down the road, when nearly $13 million in federal grants that now cover more than 40 public safety …