City of Tacoma News: Tacoma City Council

Tacoma City Council
Study Session
Noon, Tuesday, June 22, 2004
Room 16
Tacoma Municipal Building North
728 St. Helens Ave.

Tacoma Fire facilities
Representatives from the Tacoma Fire Department (TFD) and a TriData Corporation consultant will present the results of a facilities study. TriData will unveil the results of a 10-year demand analysis that was done to validate the placement of units and facilities based on current population projections. TFD will offer analysis of the financial implications of the consultant’s recommendations. The public may attend, but the council will not take public comment. CityPost (Channel 85 on Click!, Channel 77 on Comcast) will air the audio portion of the study session live.

Tacoma City Council
Regular Meeting
5 p.m., Tuesday, June 22, 2004
Tacoma Municipal Building
747 Market St.

$5.8 million in grant agreements
The Tacoma City Council will consider authorizing the execution of grant agreements with the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development in the amount of $5,827,227 for the 2004-2005 Community Development Block Grant Program, the 2004 HOME Investment Partnership Program and the 2004 Emergency Shelter Grant Program.

Transportation Program public hearing
A public hearing on the City’s Six-Year Comprehensive Transportation Program is scheduled for the June 22 City Council meeting. The public can also comment on the amended 2004 Transportation Program.

Charter Review discussion
Members of the City Council will hold a special meeting June 21 to continue discussion of the City Charter Review Committee recommendations. The Council is determining which of the amendments will be placed on the November ballot. This meeting is a continuation of the June 9 meeting. The public may attend the 4:30 p.m. meeting in Room 16, Tacoma Municipal Building North, 733 Market St. CityPost (Channel 85 on Click!, Channel 77 on Comcast) will air the audio portion of the special meeting live.

Get a look at the Tacoma Dome
Get a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse of the Tacoma Dome on June 23 during an open house from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The open house kicks off a community outreach effort and allows the general public to visit areas of the Dome that are usually off limits. Event organizers hope to solicit feedback on potential Dome renovations as part of the event. The 21-year-old Tacoma Dome is one of the largest wood-domed structures in the world. The tour begins at the Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall and free parking is available in parking lot A.

Tacoma projects get federal tax credits
Each year Tacoma projects compete for $12 million in “Commercial Revitalization Deduction” (CRD) allocations, which allow property owners to use an accelerated depreciation schedule on their projects. Two Tacoma commercial building projects that were recommended by the City of Tacoma and the Tacoma Community Redevelopment Authority subcommittee will receive $7.35 million in federal tax incentives this year, following the decision of the Washington State Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development. The state awarded $450,000 to Roberson Building Company for the Shuffleboard Building project and $6.9 million to Rainier Pacific Bank for continued work on its building. The Rainier Pacific Bank Building also received an allocation of $3.1 million in 2003, for a total of $10 million in CRD (the maximum amount allowable per project). Round II applications for the remaining $4.65 million will be available in mid-July.