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Tacoma to cut a workforce that could support a city, or a county full of stores

November 18th, 2011 by Steven Gardner

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.


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3 Responses to “Tacoma to cut a workforce that could support a city, or a county full of stores”

  1. Ducttapeo1 Says:


    You mention the total number of full time employees at the Bremerton Housing Authority, at 140..

    What’s the total number of full time employees for the Kitsap County Housing Authority?

  2. Michael Says:

    A question that does not receive much attention: did the folks, 64 percent of those who voted for the former init-1053 realize that it was THEIR school district and THEIR fire department that would see reduced funding if that init. was approved? Or did they think that someone else would follow the money? Tax shifting is hard work and painful when it comes unto your shoulders.

  3. Steven Gardner Says:


    KEDA had in 2010 KCCHA, now Housing Kitsap, at 45 employees.

    Steven Gardner
    Kitsap Caucus

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