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LAKEWOOD, Wash. —
City leaders will join forces in the South Sound Thursday to battle possible job cuts at JBLM.
The Army could cut as many as 16,000 jobs at Joint Base Lewis-McChord over the next five years.
The Pierce County Chamber of Commerce and the South Sound Military Communities Partnership are holding a public meeting along with Congressman Denny Heck.
They want to get public input about the Army's efforts to realign its forces.
Some cities and citizen groups have expressed outrage about the potential cuts.
There's a growing effort to pressure the Army to keep job cuts to a minimum because of the economic blow it would deliver to the South Sound.
At the Thursday afternoon meeting, organizers will have new data to show how devastating the cuts could be.
Lakewood's City Manager, John Caufield, claims if the Army cut 16,000 jobs at JBLM, almost $1.3 billion a year in worker income would be lost.
In other words, local governments would lose billions of dollars in revenue from sales and property taxes.
Thursday’s meeting to "rally the troops" in opposition to the cuts will be at Lakewood City Hall from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.