Tacoma’s budget gap is $23 million and the interim city manager estimates the loss of 165 jobs, many of them police and fire, will help close the gap.
When Bremerton is done, assuming it cuts its workforce the way the mayor wants, the work force will be under 300. In 2010 Bainbridge Island reported 115 employees, Poulsbo had 91 and Port Orchard had 67, according to data from the Kitsap Economic Development Alliance. The Bremerton Housing Authority had 140.
That same year all the McDonald’s in the county had 165 full-time employees. Fred Meyer had 162. J.C. Penney had 172 overall.