IN SEARCH OF: Serious City Budget Solutions or We're All In This Together (0.036%)
by debivans on 5/8/2012 @ 2:59am
|Did Council Member Campbell attend Evergreen State College or something? Go Geoducks!|
by fredo on 5/8/2012 @ 7:57am
And who set city manager Eric Anderson's pay at an "excessive" level? That would be the city council. These nine people dwell in a sort of fantasy world where critical decisions can be carried over to a future council meeting as long as we attend right now to all our sister city business and so forth.
by cisserosmiley on 5/8/2012 @ 8:01am
|I would like to see a give back bidding war between Fey and Walker...whoever gives back the most gets my vote this November.|
by NineInchNachos on 5/8/2012 @ 8:14am
|Fey is a double dipper but Walker is adjusting to single income. Probably not fair to ask Walker to give more since Fey could theoretically give back all city council money. But what difference does it make? Save the money for new laptops.|
by L.S.Erhardt on 5/8/2012 @ 8:32am
|What amount of $ does the city pay annually in lost lawsuits? I'm sure that is a factor, I just don't know how big of one.|
by Mofo from the Hood on 5/8/2012 @ 9:01am
|Government malfunctionaries have a long tradition of sacrificing tomorrow on the altar of today. But what is the point of Tacoma City Councilmen repenting? Have they commited transgressions against their fellow man, and so they are playing "sin offering?" Or is it that they are grateful for the circumstances to commit transgressions, and so they are playing "gratitude offering?" Their pathetic act isn't symbolic--it's evidence of their confusion.|
by NineInchNachos on 5/8/2012 @ 9:05am
|Maybe they can start paying people in a new local currency?|
by L.S.Erhardt on 5/8/2012 @ 9:09am
|The only reasonable course of action is letting Fredo and his renegade ultra-libertarian followers secede and form the city-state of Fredopia.
Then all the municipalities and states can then learn from Fredopia's successes and horrifying mistakes.
by Jesse on 5/8/2012 @ 9:10am
|Laughing out loud as you draw the council members so well!|
This money give back is a great gesture and a way to lead by example but the down side is that it underscores the lack of truly successful business people we have on the council.
by NineInchNachos on 5/8/2012 @ 9:10am
|this is where WalMart bribes would come in handy.|
by NineInchNachos on 5/8/2012 @ 9:12am
|Marty Campbell created lasting memories. That's got to count for something!|
by fredo on 5/8/2012 @ 9:28am
| " The only reasonable course of action is letting Fredo and his renegade ultra-libertarian followers secede and form the city-state of Fredopia." thorax|
I wouldn't describe myself as an "ultra-libertarian" but certainly I would rebuild city government from a conservative prospective. The government of Fredopia would declare the city priorities and fund them accordingly. No spending decisions would be entertained until the priorities were funded. Every priority item would be purchased at the absolute lowest cost even if it meant bidding it out to private contractors. Left over money would be placed in a reserve fund and then taxes would be lowered. Lower property taxes, lower sales taxes, lower excise taxes, lower admission taxes. This would boost Tacoma's attractiveness to people looking for affordable lifestyles. I can tell you this, in my city state those 700 people earning $100K+ at city hall would have their salaries altered to reflect today's market realities.
by NineInchNachos on 5/8/2012 @ 9:34am
|i'd buy a battery operated scooter for walmart expeditions with my Fredopia tax refund check. It's like having "W" back!|
by The Jinxmedic on 5/8/2012 @ 9:48am
|Fredo City could be an independent and self-administering enclave within the borders of the City of Tacoma, much like Fircrest (but with more entertaining commentary.)|
by fredo on 5/8/2012 @ 9:54am
Fredo's House o'Scooters, I like it!
by NineInchNachos on 5/8/2012 @ 12:35pm
|Meanwhile! Way to go Jake Fey. Somebody is going on Mr. Smiley's advice blog.thenewstribune.com/politics/2012/05...|
by NineInchNachos on 5/8/2012 @ 12:39pm
|free money! www.tacomadailyindex.com/portals-code/li... trick will be diverting it to something useful|
by NineInchNachos on 5/8/2012 @ 12:40pm
|savings! www.tacomadailyindex.com/portals-code/li... is this good for waste connections ?|
by Maria on 5/8/2012 @ 1:57pm
|It really is a nice gesture, especially in light of pay cuts and lack of raises for other city employees. No one has to do this, but those who willingly did / were able show courage and empathy for what other staff are facing.|
Since the only way to balance the budget is to cut expenses and increase revenue, I commend the elected officials who are modeling for the city that sometimes we have to (and can) live on a smaller household budget.
Perhaps those who are turning in traveling and training receipts can also work to reduce expenses by teleconferencing, finding online resources or conducting phone conferences.
Still, all these actions are small compared with budget difficulties (especially in light of news that "creative" accounting has shifted funds from more than one department to cover overruns in other departments...sheesh). But symbolic actions are meaningful and do help with morale and vision. And really, if the city saves $20k here, $20k there, it does add up.
by cisserosmiley on 5/8/2012 @ 2:14pm
|On behalf of Jake Fey I would like to thank the labor council for the endorsement of Jake Fey. Jake Fey would like all to know he respects LW, and wishes central Tacoma spit luck trying to get their council rep to Olympia when there is a rich dude from NE Tacoma who wants it!|
by fredo on 5/8/2012 @ 2:36pm
Jake Fey is really an enigma. He frequently sounds like a conservative and is able to raise all kinds of good counterpoints to the other council members positions, yet when it's time to vote he usually goes right along with the rest of the cult, I mean the council.
by cisserosmiley on 5/8/2012 @ 3:22pm
|You have to be a "D" to win elections here...even if you are a conservative. In honor of this enigma, I will run as a "R" while advocating for socialist style reforms.|
by NineInchNachos on 5/8/2012 @ 3:24pm
|Fey is a skilled statesmen. He is the inevitable choice.|
by JesseHillFan on 5/8/2012 @ 4:48pm
|If you ever need one of those EPAMD electric scooters here are the very best models.Very inexpensive yet very very fast (one model is capable of 32 mph though I'd opt for the hill climbing gear accessory which would make it have a slower top speed).Besides 25 mph is the top legal allowed speed for EPAMD's in WA state.This model is currently sold out.Has a lot of range with a beefy 48 volt 12 ampere Lithium Iron Phosphate battery.Hills will of course drastically lower the range though.superscootersales.com/?wpsc-product=supe... Much much better than a Walmart scooter.|
by The Jinxmedic on 5/8/2012 @ 4:51pm
|"We're all in this together"? Not on the east side, we're not. The east side is completely "off the radar", although Marty makes a valiant (although ultimately futile) effort.|
by NineInchNachos on 5/8/2012 @ 4:55pm
|buck up! At least you're not getting a Walmart!|
by NineInchNachos on 5/8/2012 @ 5:01pm
|fun details. If I was Eric Anderson I'd be baking myself on all that refracted asphalt heat. So nice this week. |
by JesseHillFan on 5/8/2012 @ 8:33pm
|NiN only lives about 2.3 miles cycling distance from me though it seems a lot closer than that.|
by NineInchNachos on 10/3/2012 @ 7:36am
|hang in there anders!
by NineInchNachos on 12/5/2012 @ 8:18am
by cisserosmiley on 12/5/2012 @ 8:34am
|Tacoma will be an urban planning/civic management nightmare case study in future social science text books.|
by JesseHillFan on 12/5/2012 @ 4:33pm
Don't give tax breaks (welfare) to the rich.
by low bar on 12/5/2012 @ 11:20pm
|Tax medical weed. Fix streets and schools. DUH.|
Or do whatever Portland is doing. Get rid of sales tax and create state income tax. DER.