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Tacoma roads to get worse after budget cuts

Friday, November 2, 2012by  Jon Osterberg

Proposed budget cuts for 2013-14 would hit Tacoma streets hard.
     A Tacoma councilman cited the city’s revenue shortfall and said, “Unfortunately, if people in Tacoma think our roads are bad now, they’re only going to get worse.”
     Among the impacts of losing $30 million compared with the previous budget: more potholes, less snow removal, medians and parks mowed less frequently, no more downtown hanging baskets, and delays in repairing or replacing street signs, street lights, curbs and sidewalks. And the Public Works staff would shrink from 250 to 170 or fewer. Read the Oct. 31 Tacoma News Tribune for full details.

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