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Open Enrollment for Active Employees 2019

Benefits Open Enrollment for 2019 has ENDED!

Open Enrollment was November 1 through November 19, 2018 and all changes will be effective January 1, 2019. 

To review your current benefit elections for 2019, log in to Employee Self Service (ESS) through Gnet or Unet, or by going to cityoftacoma.org/ESS from any computer connected to the City network.  However, if you have VPN access you can log in to ESS outside a City work location.

If you have difficulty logging in to ESS, contact the IT Service Desk at (253) 591-2057 during their regular business hours of 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM.

View the Open Enrollment Calendar


Recorded Open Enrollment Presentation 2019

If you choose to add a dependent you must also submit your Dependent Eligibility Verification Form and supporting documentation to the Benefits office no later than November 19, 2018.

Open Enrollment is your opportunity to review/change your current benefit plan elections and ensure they continue to meet the needs of you and your family.  It is also your opportunity to add or remove dependents from your health plans.


Choosing your benefit plans is an important decision. On this benefits website you can find links to information the benefit plans for 2019, enrollment instructions, benefits video library as well as additional tools and resources to assist you in making the right coverage choices for you and your family below.   

To elect your 2019 benefit changes to your medical, dental, vision, and flexible spending plans, you can log in to   from any computer connected to the City Network.  If you do not know your log in or password you can contact the IT Service desk at (253) 591-2057.   

How to Submit Supporting Documentation

  • Scan and email to benefits@cityoftacoma.org
  • In person at TMB Room 1420 or TPU HR ABN Ground Floor SW
  • Interoffice mail to Human Resources-Benefits TMB 1420

Open Enrollment Documents

Dependent Eligibility Verification Form

Domestic Partner Imputed Income Rates

Benefit Rates for Part Time Employees

Insurance Waiver Form for Part Time Employees

Insurance Waiver Form for Full Time Employees

Helpful Information

UPDATED Flexible Spending and Deferred Comp limits
Open Enrollment FAQ

Open Enrollment Benefits Newsletter

Open Enrollment Newsletter (Local 6 Only)

Benefit Plan Information

Employee Benefits Guide 

Health Flexible Spending & the 2019 Debit Card FAQ
FSA Debit Card Substantiation Details
FSA Fact Sheet
FSA Overview

PTO Open Enrollment

PTO Enrollment Form and Information

Deferred Compensation

The Deferred Compensation plan limits for 2019.

Employee Contribution Limits (except Commissioned Police and Fire)

Deferred Compensation Open Enrollment (Police Local 6 Only)

Deferred Compensation Open Enrollment (Police Local 26 Only)

Deferred Compensation Open Enrollment (Fire Local 31 Only)

Deferred Compensation Open Enrollment (PPSMA Only)