Vacancy to Vitality! Matching artists & entrepreneurs with vacant spaces to activate Tacoma
posted Jul 22, 2014
Tacoma, Tacomic, Heather Joy, Gabriel Brown, Dion, Spaceworks, Chamber of Commerce, Arts Commission
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TWO imoprtant ways people can weigh in on the city budget and strategic direction


Strategic Plan Development: Online Community Forum Now Available; Community Meeting to Take Place July 30
(Posted on July 1, 2014, 1 p.m.)
The Strategic Plan that the City of Tacoma is currently developing will identify a shared vision for Tacoma’s future and the steps needed to achieve it by the year 2025. With your input, the Strategic Plan will help guide the City's future resource allocation and budget decisions. Join the online community forum at and attend the community meeting on July 30, 2014, from 6 - 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 5), at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center (1500 Broadway). To join the project mailing list, please email or call (253) 591-5100.

Community Budget Input Meetings Scheduled July 14 – August 7
(Posted on July 1, 2014, 1 p.m.)
As the City of Tacoma develops its 2015-2016 Biennial Budget, the community is invited to participate in the following upcoming budget input meetings:



Meeting Location

July 14, 2014

6 – 8 p.m.

District 3 - Tacoma Nature Center, 1919 S. Tyler St., Tacoma, WA 98405

July 17, 2014

6 – 8 p.m.

District 1 – Wheelock Library, 3722 N. 26th St., Tacoma, WA 98407

July 24, 2014

6 – 8 p.m.

District 5 – Birney Elementary School, 1202 S. 76th St. Tacoma, WA 98408

August 4, 2014

6 – 8 p.m.

District 4 – Lincoln High School, 701 S. 37th St., Tacoma, WA 98418

August 7, 2014

6 – 8 p.m.

District 2 – Stadium High School, 111 N. E St., Tacoma, WA 98403

For the 2015-2016 Biennial Budget, expenses are projected to grow faster than revenues. In order to maintain the levels of service provided by the City’s General Fund today, the difference between revenues and expenses is projected to be around $6 million. This shortfall increases substantially if the City were to address deferred maintenance issues and provide funding for other capital and services.

The City is looking for ways to close the gap between revenues and expenditures by balancing the need for savings with the effective delivery of core services. Additionally, the City is working to prioritize funding between existing services, deferred maintenance, and new and expanded services.

A second series of Budget Input Meetings is anticipated to begin in mid-October, shortly after the Proposed 2015 – 2016 Biennial Budget has been transmitted to the City Council.

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Previously on the Tacomic...
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  2. Flip this Old City Hall
  3. Tinkertopia
  4. Feather and Oar