We Spend How Much?

 The release of Mayor Ballard’s budget, the last he’ll present for the city, reminded me of a chat during a recent visit to his office. As we talked, he said “I think you’re going to see a rather plain, vanilla budget, frankly, because things will be changing into next year.”  As a result, he predicted we would not see much controversy from the discussions to follow. Ballard said he expected to maintain familiar spending habits.  But, he said he and his team would look at revenue projections to see whether any cuts — or any increases — might be warranted…