Call it smart financial planning.
Keller's motion drew crickets.
No other council member seconded the idea. Case closed.
Keller's wisdom was spot-on correct: governments with money problems, regardless of size or scope, can't continually rely on the myopic attitude of reducing costs without creating new streams of revenue. Reducing costs is good. So, too, is additional revenue. Combined, they are a sensible, if not simplistic, way for governments to get a quick boost for its sagging finances.
Such increases don't come without risks, especially political. Voters aren't usually keen on supporting politicians who vote for tax hikes, whatever the reason. And for consumers at the lower end of the earnings scales, regressive efforts such as sales taxes hit them harder than they do those in the middle and the upper edges.
That said, cities (and states, for that matter) have to raise enough money to operate. Clearly, however, the
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