City Council voted four to one to bust through the tax cap in a year when a sales tax increase is making an extra million dollars available. Councilman Mark Walczyk voted no as he works for Senator Patty Ritchie who had helped create the cap at the state level.
For weeks the paper has been reporting Council was vowing to stay within the cap and I was surprised they didn't make the gesture at protecting the taxpayers in a year when a fight with the fire union is making news.
Speaking of that, Councilman Steve Jennings said last night firefighters only spend one percent of their working hours fighting fires.
Another route could have been to live up to the positions reported in the Times and just tell staff to bring them a budget within the cap by June 1 and if that means less fund balance or some real cuts, so be it.