The News Tribune's 2015 agenda for action (editorial, 1-4) was, as always, right on the mark in its explanation of what our great state needs to be addressing.
I read the part called "Keep government accountable" while thinking about the $90 million project for the new Pierce County headquarters building. The impact of this project will be felt for decades, yet the County Council has had only two meetings open for public comment. The planning and site decision did not ask for public input.
Moving county headquarters will take 500 employees and, according to county figures, about 1,000 visitors a day away from our already emptying downtown. Because of the type of financing, there was no need for a bond vote.
The county government is making decisions about site, planning and finances without the voice of the people who will be paying for the Class A building, as opposed to the normal Class B used now. That is $300 per square foot vs. $150 per square foot.
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The council is set to vote this month on whether this project goes forth. Adding insult to injury, Pierce County is using a King County firm for this project.