Wash. city council adopts "painful" budget

12/5/2012 | News Tribune (Tacoma, Wash.), The

After two months of debate, the Tacoma, Wash., City Council unanimously passed a $397 million budget that includes cutting library hours, eliminating 217 positions, closing a fire station and leaving thousands of potholes unfixed. "The word I would use to describe this budget situation is 'painful,'" Councilman Jake Fey said. Additionally, drivers will face higher license fees, and two nonprofit hospitals will have to pay taxes they have not paid in decades.

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