Sustainable Budgeting: Due to the recent boom in property values, the County and other local governments with property taxes have a revenue windfall. This comes at a fortunate time from a bond repayment perspective, but it puts pressure on housing affordability and cuts further into the budgets of our residents who are facing record inflation. This means we have to balance our needs more carefully than ever. We must recognize the revenues needed to pay off our school bonds and to pay county employees competitively, but we should be very selective when it comes to starting new programs or expanding existing ones if they are unlikely to survive a dip in tax revenues. I believe these funds should go back to our residents and look forward to advocating for them in our next budget.