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Tag: Tacoma City Council; budget news


Tacoma: Citizens voice concerns, suggestions about proposed budget

Longshoremen, laborers and others who work or spend time on the Tideflats told Tacoma’s City Council Tuesday that plans to close the city’s lone fire station in the Port of Tacoma would amount to a death sentence.

“In our industry, the accidents tend to be severe and unusual — and never normal,” Donnie Gill, an officer with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 23, told council members. “… Any reduction in response times is going to cost lives.”

Gill was among nearly 30 people who voiced concerns or offered suggestions to the council Tuesday about City Manager T.C. Broadnax’s

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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: City’s new budget hitting targets, but officials remain cautious

The city is hitting most targets for its new slimmed down budget, but officials are casting a cautious eye forward amid a still sluggish economy, Tacoma’s finance director and city manager told the city council this week.

“We’re on track, but there’s some caution,” Finance Director Bob Biles told council members Tuesday.

In his first quarterly report to the council on the 2011-12 general fund budget, Biles noted actual revenues taken in so far are about $466,000 below projections for the city’s $399 million budget. But, the city so far has spent $750,000 less than expected, Biles added.

Meantime, the city has more than $13 million in unreserved fund balances on hand – 6.8 percent of the two-year budget’s overall anticipated spending, Biles said. That’s well within a city policy objective to keep such reserves from five to 15 percent of total projected expenditures.

The current budget situation is far different than two years ago, when the recession hit and Tacoma faced up to $31 million in shortfalls under a then much beefier $441 million budget.

But “we’re a long way from being out of the woods,” City Manager Eric Anderson said.
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