City of Tacoma News

Tacoma City Council
5 p.m., Tuesday, November 16, 2004
First Floor
Tacoma Municipal Building North
747 Market St.

1. Two budget workshops scheduled
The City Council will hold budget workshops from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 17 and from 8 a.m. to noon Nov. 20 to continue work on the 2005-2006 Biennial Budget. The workshops will be held in Room 16 of Tacoma Municipal Building North, 733 Market St. CityPost (Channel 85 on Click!, Channel 77 on Comcast) will air the audio portion of the workshops live.

2. Budget public hearings scheduled for next two Council meetings
Share your 2005-2006 biennium budget ideas and suggestions with the Council at the Nov. 16 and 23 City Council meetings. Budget hearings are scheduled for approximately 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers, on the first floor of the Tacoma Municipal Building, 747 Market St.

3. Council to consider property, emergency medical service tax hikes
The City Council will consider increasing property and emergency medical services tax revenues with the second reading of two ordinances Nov. 16. If approved, both ordinances would actually lower tax rates but potentially increase revenues by one percent through increased property valuations. The revenue increases would come from the 2005 Ad Valorem Property tax and the 2005 Tacoma Emergency Medical Services tax.

4. Study session focuses on Joint Municipal Action Committee report
The Nov. 16 study session is a City Council/Joint Municipal Action Committee meeting. The agenda will include a report from the Joint Municipal Action Committee on:
*Metro Parks bond issue projects
*Update on high school projects
*Kroc Grant update
*Brown’s Point area annexation
*Police update regarding teen activity in the City
*Teen problems and solutions
*Joint Municipal Action Committee plan

The public may attend the study session in Room 16, Tacoma Municipal Building North, 733 Market St., but the Council will not take public comment. CityPost (Channel 85 on Click!, Channel 77 on Comcast) will air the audio portion of the workshop live.

5. Motorized scooter regulations considered
City Council members will hear the second reading of an ordinance Nov. 16 regarding motorized scooters and electric scooters. If approved, road use of gas-powered scooters would be restricted to persons 16 years old and older. Electric scooters would not carry an age restriction and would be classified as alternative transportation for pedestrians.

6. Public hearing on Community Development Block Grant, HOME Program
The Urban Policy Committee wants feedback from citizens and agencies on housing, economic development and capital needs in Tacoma and the proposals to address these needs. Public comment will be taken on the City’s performance in these areas at a public hearing Nov. 18 at 6 p.m. in room 148, Tacoma Municipal Building, 747 Market St.

7. City employees to present at Geographic Information System Day event
Two City of Tacoma employees will present at the sixth annual Geographic Information System (GIS) Day Nov. 17. Mike Murnane, Senior GIS Analyst, will reveal a new interactive Web site using GIS to showcase art in Tacoma. Donna Wendt, Senior Technical GIS Analyst, will demonstrate how GIS data and 3-D visualization help in site analysis. The event, sponsored by Pierce County, City of Tacoma, University of Washington (UW) Tacoma and the Washington State Emergency Management Division, is from 8:30 to noon in rooms 104 and 106 of the Birmingham Hay and Seed Building at the UW Tacoma, 1900 Commerce St. Visit