Friday, November 6, 2009

Could be worse, could be better

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.

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