Is the city’s budget nightmare really over?

It is if you believe city manager Mary Suhm, who told the council on Wednesday that there is enough money to restore some services that have been cut since the bloodletting started four years ago. Or, as Suhm put it, “restore some things we cannot do without.”

Which raises a host of questions, not the least is how we did without them in the first place. Or whose fault it is that we had to do without them.

Which is why I’m not holding my breath waiting for any of those essential city services to be restored. These pronouncements have always been as much shell game as fact, part of the way that Suhm manages the council to her will. After all, how many of us got 10 percent raises when our company was cutting costs and laying off employees?


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