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Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of November 12, 2013

Transportation Planning

The big item up for discussion at this week's City Council study session will be Tacoma's Six-Year Transportation Program. Council will hear a presentation from Public Works on the program, which guides the long-term vision for Tacoma's transportation system. The RCW requires cities to annually update their comprehensive transportation program for the ensuing six calendar years, and to hold a public hearing on the matter. The City also needs the program if it wants to compete for state and federal grants. The plan considers the various modes of transportation, levels of service, needed facilities and services over the long-term, and funding for those facilities and services.

Next steps will come in a phased approach. The City and partner agencies are working on phase 1, which includes scoping, data collection, and outreach, scheduled to wrap up this month. The next phase will include greater public involvement, travel demand modeling, policy and vision discussions, a plan for financing and implementing the program, and the merging of the plan with Tacoma's Comprehensive Plan. That phase will begin with a public hearing, and is scheduled to wrap up by the end of 2014.

Public outreach has begun, including presentations to various committees and groups, and a public hearing is being proposed for November 26. A resolution on this week's consent agenda would set that date for a public hearing by the City Council on the proposed 2015-2020 Six-Year Comprehensive Transportation Improvement Program and proposed amendments to the 2013-2014 program.


2013-2014 Budget

A second consent agenda resolution would set November 26 as the date for a public hearing by the City Council on the proposed modifications to the 2013-2014 Biennial Budget. 


Charter Review

A resolution on this week's regular Council meeting agenda would create a 15-member citizen Charter Review Committee to review the City Charter and make recommendations for changes "with reference to improving the mode and manner of operation and efficiency in conducting the affairs of the City." The committee would submit its recommendations and findings to the City Council on or before May 6, 2014. Upon creation of the committee, the City will solicit applications for citizens to serve as committee members, with meetings beginning in January.


Property Taxes

A public hearing will be held at this week's Council meeting on the proposed Ad Valorem levies for General Property taxes and Emergency Medical Services for 2014. The hearing is required by state law. We're not expecting to hear much conversation, as the Public Hearing Summary doesn't tell us what exactly the proposed increases would be.


Citizens' Forum

It's the second Tuesday of the month again, and that means it is once again time for citizens to stand up and tell the City Council what they think about anything over which the Council has jurisdiction.


Other Items

A resolution on this week's regular City Council meeting agenda would appoint two new members and reappoint two existing members to the Foss Waterway Development Authority.

Council will hear and vote on the final reading of the ordinance introduced at last week's Council meeting, which would make changes relating to scrap metal and recyclable material dealers and related crimes, to bring the Tacoma Municipal Code into compliance with recently passed state level legislation.

Don't forget, most City offices are closed today, and City parking enforcement will not be operating, although garbage and recycling pick up will be. More here.

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