we’re in the money!

bling_04012005.jpgOh to be Greg Nickels. A budget surplus, only minor opposition, and a popular public transit program (nearly) crushed beneath his mighty heel — all in an election year. In case you hadn’t heard, it’s likely that Seattle’s budget will be unexpectedly flush with cash this year. Naturally, everyone has an opinion about how to spend the surplus:

Thanks to the improving economy, the city now expects to collect $55 million more than analysts had predicted . . . Nickels wants to spend the windfall hiring police and firefighters, constructing new sidewalks and paving streets, funding a hygiene center for the homeless and offering a minor tax break for small businesses. [seattletimes]

While this plan has the ring of sensibility — it’s certainly better than hearing about Nickels rolling around in a pile of money in his office — it seems that everyone with an editorial page has opinions about what to do the extra cash.

What do you think? What should be tops on this year’s fifty-five million dollar spending spree?

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