At issue is the financial architecture of the city. Will it be strong enough or broad enough in the foundation to carry the demands for city services -- fire, police, library, streets and roads -- into the next few decades? Or not?
This is only step three in a journey of a thousand steps which had better get some momentum soon, or we're not getting there in this lifetime. Still, an inch closer is an inch closer.
It was fun. It was educational. I learned that who controls the process can control the outcome. Graduation comes Tuesday, at a city council study session.
If anybody else is working with the fiscal problems of Washington cities, it would be good to hear from you. Obviously the legislature and the Association of Washington Cities are interested, but I am not connected enough to know of any real relief in sight. All I see is more piling up on existing sales and property taxes.
Previous posts on the Tax Force:
- My Life Among the Neoliberals (September)
- Tax Force shoots Tacomans in the foot (August)
- Flameout at the Tax Force (August)
- Coming clean at the Taxk Force (April)
- View from the Taxk Force (April)
- I love to hate the B&O, but ... (March)
- Tacoma Taxk Force underway (March)
- It may be Triple A, but it's the only game in town (February)
- Tacoma's tax plan needs a shot (January)