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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

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Tacoma: Union representing public works employees buys newspaper ads blasting budget cuts

A union representing City of Tacoma public works employees bought a $2,867 ad in today’s edition of The News Tribune to criticize City Manager T.C. Broadnax‘s  2013-14 budget plan that would slash the city’s streets funding.

The ad features a photo of the Pothole Pig — a figurine used as part of a regular Tacoma Weekly feature to identify neglected potholes —  and states, ‘The Pothole Pig Is on the Loose in the City of Tacoma.”

The ad goes on to list several service cuts facing the city should Broadnax’s budget plan be approved, stating that “63,000 fewer potholes will

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Tacoma: City employee labor union sues city, claiming Broadnax’s budget plan violates contracts, labor laws

A city-employee labor union sued the City of Tacoma Thursday, claiming City Manager T.C. Broadnax’s budget plan that seeks to reorganize several city departments and eliminate scores of jobs violates various laws, due process rights and collective bargaining agreements.

The lawsuit – filed in Pierce County Superior Court by Teamsters Local 117 – also requests a judge to issue an  order restraining the city “from proceeding to implement any reorganization, layoff or other action detrimental to City of Tacoma employees” in the Public Works and Public Assembly Facilities Departments.

Local 117 represents about 250 city workers, including about 70

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Tacoma: Kim Bedier, general manager of Everett’s Comcast Arena, is hired as city’s new Public Assembly Facilities director

Tacoma City Manager T.C. Broadnax announced today he has hired Kim Bedier of Global Spectrum — a private arena management firm that supervises operations at Everett’s Comcast Arena — as the city’s new public assembly facilities director.

“I’m extremely excited to join the City of Tacoma,” Bedier is quoted in a city press release issued today. “I look forward to collaborating with the community and its leadership to enhance the great things already happening with the public venues. I welcome the opportunity to work with the existing team to explore the potential that exists here.”

Bedier manages the Everett arena

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Tacoma: City Manager T.C. Broadnax warns city employees to expect “dramatic” budget cuts; sources say 200 layoffs planned

In an email sent to city employees on Wednesday, Tacoma City Manager T.C. Broadnax warned of taking “dramatic steps” to city staffing and service levels in the 2013-14 budget proposal he’ll unveil early next month.

Broadnax’s email doesn’t cite specific numbers, but three city sources  separately confirmed this week he is targeting cuts to 200 city jobs.

“Tacoma’s financial challenges are substantial,” Broadnax said in Wednesday’s email. “The City continues to face severe budget challenges, which will be extremely difficult for all involved and requires a resetting of expectations for the future.  We must submit a balanced budget and to do so must

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Tacoma: Broadnax names four finalists for city’s top economic development post

Tacoma City Manager T.C. Broadnax has named four finalists seeking to become the city’s next top economic development chief.

The finalists — among 69 candidates nationwide who applied to fill the city’s vacant Community and Economic Development Department director’s job — include:

Ellen Miller-Wolfe, economic development manager for the City of Kirkland;

Ricardo Noguera, former housing and economic development director for the City of Visalia, CA;

Eric Anthony Johnson, executive director for University Park Alliance in Akron, OH;

and Steven J. Anderson, former president and chief executive officer of Lake County Partners in Lake County,IL.

The winning candidate will

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Tacoma: Federal grants will cover only part of lingering city budget shortfall, Broadnax says

Two long anticipated federal grants that were finally awarded last month to help spare more than 50 City of Tacoma police and fire jobs won’t cover most of a still lingering budget shortfall in 2012, City Manager T.C. Broadnax said Tuesday.

City budget officials have determined only about $2.5 million of the nearly $13 million in multi-year police and fire grants can be applied this year to help the city trim a remaining $11.8 million general fund gap.

That still leaves a roughly $9.3 million hole in 2012 – a shortfall Broadnax said he’ll address after reviewing various city revenue

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UPDATED Tacoma: City of Tacoma chief spokesman Rob McNair-Huff to leave city

UPDATED:Broadnax’s email to city staff included at bottom of post.

Original post:

Six-year City of Tacoma spokesman Rob McNair-Huff will be leaving his city post next Friday, City Manager T.C. Broadnax confirmed today.

“Rob is leaving the city,” Broadnax said. “Rob’s last day is June 29th.”

Broadnax declined to elaborate on his reason for making the personnel change, adding he plans to fill the position.

Broadnax’s decision aims “to take a different direction” with the city’s chief spokesperson’s role, McNair-Huff said.  The move isn’t being done for budget reasons, he added.

“The city manager has decided he wants to do

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