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, including the Tacoma city manager position.
Broadnax wants to raise fees and taxes. Fees and taxes are the same thing. I am against a $20 increase on vehicle license tabs. Eliminating the business tax exemption for health care nonprofits will increase costs to consumers and add out-of-pocket expenses for patients.
The union workers will get raises and improved benefits. Broadnax is increasing the size of government by “re-organizing”?
Where have the taxpayers heard that before? I see an abundance of “smoke and mirrors” in this budget proposal from Broadnax.