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Promoting Fiscal Responsibility
  • For 2012, the executive has reached agreement with most employee unions to forgo the annual cost of living adjustment for the first time since the early 1980s. In addition, the County Council adopted her proposal to eliminate the annual cost of living adjustments (COLA) for elected officials and shift the decision to a committee of citizens.
  • Since 2008, the county government has cut 14 percent of its workforce and approximately $90 million in total spending.
  • For the 2011 budget, worked with agencies and the County Council to reduce spending below 2010 levels.
  • Recently, the county closed two facilities in Tacoma - the old Puget Sound Hospital on Pacific Avenue and the District Court facility on Hosmer Street - that are inefficient and expensive to maintain. They might be sold in the future due to the value of the land.
  • The county executive held public briefings in Graham, Bonney Lake, South Hill, Midland, Gig Harbor, Tacoma and Lakewood in September and October 2010 to show taxpayers where the county's revenues come from and how they are spent. A copy of her 2011 presentation is available here.

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