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Pierce County Council Approves Lincoln District General Services Building Plan
Last night the Pierce County Council voted to move forward with plans to consolidate many of its operations in a centralized general services building on the site of the former Puget Sound Hospital in the Lincoln District in Tacoma.
According to the County and its independent consultants, the move will save tax payer dollars while also increasing convenience for the public by housing multiple offices and departments under one roof. Savings come on rent currently paid at 14 separate locations and from staffing efficiencies.
"This business plan will save taxpayers millions of dollars in leases, staffing and maintenance costs," said Councilmember Talbert, who represents the area in Tacoma’s South End that will house the new campus. "We have carefully analyzed current and future costs, asset values, risk, and more. An independent consultant verified our staff savings through consolidation. This pencils out in the taxpayers' interest."
The County Council vote was close - 4 to 3 - with council members Rick Talbert (District 5), Connie Ladenburg (District 4), Derek Young (District 7), and Joyce McDonald (District 2) voting for the plan, while Dan Roach (District 1), Doug Richardson (District 6), and Jim McCune (District 3) voted against. Council Chair Roach explained his dissenting vote as coming from concerns over the reliance on cutting staff to make the savings pencil out.
The 330,000 square-foot building, which will house 1,300 employees, now moves forward with a maximum price tag negotiated by the County of just under $127 million. Councilmember Ladenburg is quoted saying "No taxes will be raised to pay for this."
Construction is expected to begin next month, with occupancy forecast for fall 2016.
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