Not utterly surprising but with the sales tax news getting worse(here) and the drop of sales tax increase (here) means one thing: property taxes taking a significant hike.
And let me see if I can get this straight from the story (here) on graffiti: the cleanup of graffiti is utterly intractable, too complex of a problem for a meaningful policy. Of course we can’t ask the city to clean it (more taxes!) and we can’t ask property owners to clean it (more fees!). So let’s just do nothing but gripe about the problem, after all, excessive handwringing and gnashing of teeth is one policy we have no problem embracing.
We’re in a pickle if we can’t even figure out a graffiti policy much less complicated things like policies to drive economic growth here.