One of the things I’ve been meaning to ask about the FY2012 budget, but simply did not get around to, is about the total in staff pay raises included in the budget.

We supposedly MUST raise taxes to build a police station. What if we extended the pay freeze a couple more years, as we see in the real world? Would we need to raise taxes for the police station in that case?

Or, as an alert reader has posed it to me today: Is the proposed tax hike really about giving raises?

I have posed the question to council members via e-mail and hope someone will ask it.