The folks over at Publius Blog have done some nice analysis of Mayor RJ Berry’s recently-unveiled budget and the prognosis is good. By way of summarizing, the budget “does not raise taxes and minimizes cuts in services.”
Certainly, it would make sense to eliminate or at least dramatically reduce the payouts for unused sick days. This is the kind of thing that should be addressed regardless of the budgetary climate.
Of course, the Mayor’s budget has a long way to go before it becomes law and there are policies like the unused sick days issue or, say, contracting out garbage collection, that might be helpful additions. Anyway, tell your Councilor what you think.