October 9th, 2002


This is your job. This is your job under property tax revolts.

So I get back from vacation and find this in my email. This is from the weekly newsletter that goes out to city employees, and usually features info about CPR training, computer classes, agency grants, etc.

I knew there were budget troubles ahead. I didn't know they were quite this bad, though:

September 30, 2002
From the City Manager

Tacoma is facing its most difficult financial struggle since I started as City Manager in 1990. Budget projections show we’re between $18 million and $25 million short for the 2003-2004 General Fund biennial budget. And that’s just to maintain current services.

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