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Mayor Strickland to Announce Plan to Fix Potholes
We know not everyone camps out overnight to get tickets to Tacoma's State of the City address, but if potholes are your thing, you may want to pay attention this year.
When Mayor Strickland gives the big annual speech at 11:30, she will talk about Tacoma 2025, economic development, education, international relations, broadband Internet access, transportation, and President Barack Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” Challenge. We're hearing this week that she will also announce a new ballot measure to do something about all those potholes.
The Mayor is keeping the details of her proposal quiet until the State of the City, but the TNT reports that although she may or may not share an actual dollar amount today, she will announce a ballot measure she hopes to send to the voters in November. This won't be the first time the City has attempted to raise funds for street work - voters turned down a 2013 ballot measure that would have added a 2% tax to the earnings of natural gas, electric and phone utility companies. That tax was forecast to bring in $10 to $11 million per year for local street repairs. It was a no-go, and for the last two years the potholes have continued more or less unchecked.
Registration for the event is closed, and it won't be broadcast live, but if we're lucky someone will live tweet it. Follow #SOTC253 on Twitter. Have opinions? You're encouraged to engage in the conversation on Twitter too.
The theme of this year's address will be "Tacoma Rising." Will the Mayor's proposal rise to the challenge of fixing Tacoma's potholes?
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