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County Services Building Faces Another Challenge, a Possible Referendum
Last week the Pierce County Council approved the construction of a new County General Services Building in Tacoma's Lincoln neighborhood in a 4 to 3 vote. That approval came despite the protests of a group that wanted to see the County consolidate in Tacoma's downtown core.
Now another citizen group is trying to stop the County from constructing the new building at all. The News Tribune reports that Citizens for Responsible Spending has filed a referendum proposal with the Pierce County Auditor that would put a stop to the project. Formerly Citizens for Responsible School Spending, the group from Gig Harbor is known for targeting Peninsula School District spending.
The County's math shows the consolidation would lead to a savings on leases and 38 eliminated positions, which would cover the cost of construction of the new building over time - $300 million over the next 25 years, according to the TNT article - enough to cover the 30 year lease of the building. The Gig Harbor group questions some of the assumptions supporting that math, worried that the promised savings will not ultimately cover the cost of the new building.
The new building is currently slated to break ground this spring, with a tight timeline to get employees into the new offices as scheduled, and to keep the guaranteed price negotiated with the developer.
To get the referendum on the ballot, the group would need 24,427 valid signatures in the next 120 days. If they get them, you could get a chance to vote on the project.
Would you give them your signature to see the project go up for a vote? Or are you ready for the project to move ahead?
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