Politics & Government

Tacoma schedules community budget meetings

On Monday the city of Tacoma will kick off its every-other-year budgeting process. The city seeks comments from residents around the city on how it should prioritize spending in the coming two years.

The Tacoma City Council recently held its own budget priority exercise, which included more money to fix residential streets and less money for special events such as First Night and Freedom Fair.

The city plans to hold five meetings, one in each council district, starting Monday with District 3. All meetings begin at 6 p.m.

Monday, July 14: Tacoma Nature Center, 1919 S. Tyler St., District 3

Thursday, July 17: Wheelock Library, 3722 N. 26th St., District 1

Thursday, July 24: Birney Elementary School, 1202 S. 76th St., District 5

Monday, Aug. 4: Lincoln High School, 701 S. 37th St., District 4

Thursday, Aug. 7: Stadium High School, 111 N. E St., District 2

According to a city press release, revenues are projected to grow by 2 percent, but expenses are expected to grow faster. The city is projected to outspend its revenues by around $6 million for the 2015-16 biennium.

That amount is a far sight better than previous estimates, which showed a $26 million shortfall. Keep in mind, the city still has budget deficits into future years as well.

Another series of budget meetings will begin in October.

The city website has more information.