Every year for as long as I remember, City Budgets are "unveiled" as if they are some great mystery to be revealed to the shock and suprise of Councils.
The internals of city finances are no secret and the budget is merely a codification of the numbers. The budget released is no surprise and the factors and trends contributing to it have and should have been discussed in the run up to release.
The release frames the debate as the starting point is set.
Add the tax cap, which would require an override. I don't think the local law enabling that will find an introduction and second tonight.
That means a million dollar difference and that will be bridged with a few adjustments and appropriation of fund balance.
First act will be tonight and seeing if the cap law is introduced.