Budget crunch could lay off more than 200 Tacoma employees

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by DREW MIKKELSEN / KING 5 News

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Posted on October 2, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 2 at 7:00 PM

TACOMA, Wash. -- Tacoma's city manager told council members to balance the budget or more than 200 city jobs would have to be eliminated.

That would include 29 employees within the police department and 27 firefighter positions, according to City Manager T.C. Broadnax.

It marks the second time in a year firefighter Philipp Kagelmacher has been on the chopping block.

"It's scary. It's mindboggling. You don't know what to say," said Kagelmacher, who avoided layoffs in January, but would lose his job if the city council passes the budget as proposed by Broadnax Tuesday.

Broadnax said the city is facing a $63 million deficit over the next two years.

In a presentation to city council members Tuesday afternoon, Broadnax blamed slower-than-expected growth in employment, home prices and sales tax revenue.

He said Tacoma has not seen the same recovery as other cities across the state and nation.
 

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