Tacoma’s City Council will vote this afternoon to slash the city budget by 15 percent - with cuts to pretty much everything, including the police and fire departments.
City Manager T.C. Broadnax took the job in February from San Antonio, Texas. He says he knew Tacoma had some cutting to do – but as he dug into the numbers, he realized spending was deeply out of whack and anticipated revenue was not there.
The housing slump continues to hurt property tax revenue,and money from sales tax hasn’t bounced back. Broadnax says Tacoma had been trying to put off cuts for years.