Help for Tacoma Streets?

Beverly Smaby

Everyone who lives in Tacoma knows that our City has been too strapped in recent years to do a good job maintaining our streets. Now, the Tacoma City Council has a proposal to try to solve this problem with funding designed to be not just a one-time fix, but a sustainable source of revenue for the long term. Tacoma voters can decide whether this plan goes forward or not by voting for or against Proposition 1 on their November ballot. In a nutshell, if Proposition 1 passes, it would add 2 percent to the taxes paid by each of the three utility companies (natural gas, electric, and phone). Those additional revenues would be dedicated to the maintenance and improvement of our streets and would add nearly $11 million to the $48 million currently earmarked for streets – that’s a 22 percent increase. This proposition would bring the three utility companies’ taxes to 8 percent, which matches what all the other utility companies (waste water, surface water, solid waste, water, rail, and cable TV/Click!) are already paying.

City council members and other officials have begun a series of helpful information sessions in many locations around the city. Check for the one that suits you best.

Facts and Information Sessions

All sessions begin at 6 PM unless otherwise noted.

August 26, 2013
Lincoln High School
701 South 37th Street
Tacoma, WA 98418

September 4, 2013
Wheelock Library
3722 North 26th Street
Tacoma, WA 98444

September 11, 2013
Fern Hill Library
765 South 84th Street
Tacoma, WA 98444

September 16, 2013
Meeker Middle School
4402 Nassau Avenue NE
Tacoma, WA 98422

September 23, 2013
Truman Middle School
5801 North 35th Street
Tacoma, WA 98407

October 2, 2013
Tacoma Main Library
1102 Tacoma Avenue South
Tacoma, WA 98402

October 9, 2013
Moore Library
215 South 56th Street
Tacoma, WA 98408

October 10, 2013
Jason Lee Middle School
602 North Sprague Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98403

October 14, 2013
Gray Middle School
6229 South Tyler Street
Tacoma, WA 98409

October 30, 2013
Snake Lake Nature Center
1919 South Tyler Street
Tacoma, WA 98405

If you can’t attend one of these sessions, you can click here for details about Proposition #1.