Budget plan putting chips on citizen trust


May 8, 2019

Suppose you need some cash to do some necessary home repairs. You talk your benevolent Aunt Sue, who is inclined to be generous, into helping you out. She agrees to write a check, but when it arrives, the amount is more than you actually asked for.

Turns out, it’s enough to not only repair the faulty whatever, but to pay off that nagging debt that’s been dogging you for the past five years. What do you do? Aunt Sue gave you that money. You can argue there were no strings attached.

That’s the kind of situation city officials and Budget Committee members have wrestled with a bit in th...

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