2015 State Issues for Tacoma Voters

2015-Washington-State-Ballot-issuesPublic Disclosure Reports show Paul Allen is the top contributor for I-1401 about animal trafficking with $2,058,570.75 the latest reports show.

Public Disclosure Reports show Clyde Holland is the top contributor for this latest Eyman 2/3’s initiative.

The PDC reports that not a single dime was donated by Tim Eyman to his latest campaign I-1366.

Tim Eyman has been sued and will be in King County Superior Court next Friday, August 14.

Andrew Villeneuve provided the  court filing for those of you who enjoy reading court documents. The basic argument is the Washington State Constitution does not allow for citizens to amend the constitution, some states do, but that requires a higher percentage of signatures, which I-1366. To read more from Andrew, visit no1366.org.

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What are advisory votes? Those are a result of a previous Eyman issue which have annually cluttered up the ballot because they have zero impact. Leave those blank, it is a waste of time for voters.

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Tacoma City Manager Top Paid in State

Tacoma City Manager makes $50,000 more annually  than the mayor of Seattle Рa fair comparison since both are the decision makers in their city, the only difference is, Seattle voters get to elect theirs and Tacoma City Council appoints ours.

So, Tacoma has the highest paid city manager and city council, do you think Tacoma is getting the best that money can buy? Read the charts for yourself and get a good idea what other cities are paying their councils and city managers.

Contact the Citizen Salary Commission through the City Clerk’s office, (253) 591-5505 or email Doris Sorum <DSORUM@ci.tacoma.wa.us> to be placed on the notification list for the meetings. There are only three or four more meetings to go (Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m. Rm 12 at 733 Market St,. The commission is on a fast track because the mayor was very in appointing two positions and now the commissioners are facing a Sept. 1, 2015 deadline to submit their recommendation.

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Tacoma City Council salary highest paid in state for Council-Manager form of government

When a city has a city manager running the city (Council-Manager form), the salaries of the council and mayor are usually less. Not so in Tacoma. It must be because Tacoma is the only city in the state that doles out annual pay raises of 2.75% every year in January. So, on January 1, 2016 the council will receive a pay raise of $1,322 for the year and $2,643 more for the mayor. All these huge percentage increases while Local Union 17 with the city is giving 0% in 2015 and 1% in 2016 and a quarter percent for 2017 and 2018.

Not only that, the city council is behind the $12 minimum wage issue known as Prop. 1B on the November ballot and that proposal wants to tell business owners in Tacoma that they must raise the minimum wage of $9.75 to $10.35 an hour in February 2016. This means that a full-time worker would receive a pay increase of $1,248. Remember, the council and mayor are defined by the charter as “part time” positions, with full time benefits. So, there seems to be a pay increase discrepancy having the lowest paid workers in Tacoma receiving the lowest increases.

On top of the 2.75% annual pay raise, now we have a Citizen Salary Commission responsible for making recommendations for salaries for the council and mayor.

Let us hope that the citizen commissioners will remember they are citizens first and need to remember the council and mayor are simply workers like the rest of the city workers and should be given the same percentage increases as the union workers are receiving, but only after the salaries are reduced to a more reasonable amount for part time workers.

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