Sat through the DVD of Tuesday's City Council meeting, in which various department heads went before the council and proffered their budget-cutting strategies.
First reaction was that it could be worse, but it still ain't going to be pretty.
The city's faced with the dreaded damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-do decision: It must cut costs, which means it must cut services, since the other option is a politicall unpopular fee or tax hike (something that might happen anyway).
No matter what services get the ax, or even just a shave, someone out there is going to notice. And complain.
Plenty of people say they want bare-bones tax rates, even though they also tend to not like bare-bones city services.
Well, services are going to get trimmed. It's going to be a reminder that you get what you pay for.