Editorial: Overlooking a vital piece of the budget puzzle

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The first meeting of the new City Council last Tuesday evening included a spirited debate over a motion made by Councilor at-large Michael T. Gaffney.

Gaffney, who said he introduced the motion to affect the process as the budget takes shape, called for a pledge to not increase property taxes, or to use the money from any property tax increase to reduce the city’s unfunded pension liability.

The subjects of the budget, the size and scope of municipal government and the delivery of services to residents are complex. It is still too early in the process to have a truly meaningful dialogue on the specifics of the next budget.

We believe, however, there’s a vital piece of the puzzle that was glossed over last Tuesday night, and had it not been for District 5 Councilor Gary Rosen, it would not have been mentioned at all.

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