FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dec. 7, 2010
Rob McNair-Huff, Community Relations, email@example.com, (253) 591-5054
City Council members approved the 2011-2012 Biennial Budget during tonight’s meeting, including a balanced $398.6 million General Fund budget and an entire City budget, including all funds, of $2.7 billion.
The General Fund budget, which pays for basic services such as police, fire, libraries and residential street repairs, is decreased by approximately $43 million from the previous biennium while working under the City Council guidelines that the City not increase taxes, avoid layoffs and avoid reductions in services to Tacoma residents. The budget includes the elimination of 79 vacant positions, none of which are police officer or firefighter positions.
“In these tough economic times, the City has taken appropriate steps to manage costs while maintaining critical services to our residents,” said Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland. “We will continue to diligently monitor our revenues and expenses throughout the coming biennium.”
No reserve funds were used to balance the General Fund budget.
Details of the 2011-2012 Biennial Budget are available on the City's website at www.cityoftacoma.org by checking the budget link under Latest News Updates.