Proposed biennial budget announced, meetings set

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In a presentation of the City of Tacoma’s 2019-2020 Proposed Biennial Budget, City Manager Elizabeth Pauli outlined a recommended plan to enhance public safety, protect and expand access to affordable housing, and support youth and young adults experiencing homelessness, while addressing long-deferred maintenance needs and expanding key services for Tacoma and its residents over the next two years.

The city’s 2019-2020 proposed biennial budget is $3.5 billion, of which $515 million is allocated to the general fund. The city has met its goal of having 15 percent of annual expenditures set aside in reserves and estimates that it will end the 2017-2018 biennium with surplus savings to help fund one-time expenses in the 2019-2020 biennium.

“Thanks to careful, ongoing reviews of expenses along with targeted reductions, the city will maintain or expand existing core service levels in the 2019-2020 proposed biennial budget,” said Pauli. “The 2019-2020 proposed biennial budget reflects the city’s ongoing commitment to meeting its goals in a fiscally responsible way.”

Details about the budget, as well as the latest updates on opportunities for community members to learn more and engage in the budget development process, are available at cityoftacoma.org/budget.

Town Halls With City Council Members

Town hall meetings with City Council members are scheduled in this month. Thoughts shared by community members will help inform the way the city utilizes its resources.

  • Oct. 8, 6 – 8 p.m.  at Stewart Middle School (5010 Pacific Ave.)
  • Oct. 11, 6 – 8 p.m. at Center at Norpoint (4818 Nassau Ave. NE)
  • Oct. 22, 6 – 8 p.m. at Wilson High School (1202 N. Orchard St.)
  • Oct. 27, 2 – 4 p.m. at STAR Center (3873 S. 66th St.)

Food, childcare and Spanish language interpretation will be provided at this event.

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