When it comes time to go through the budget, all of council and staff make suggestions on the things we would like to get done. Then we have to decide if all of it is necessary. My position is that if it can be deferred to the next year or two, then we should do that. If we can take money from surplus or reserves, then we should do that. If we have to increase taxes to keep our town functioning, it should be as minimal as possible. But one thing is certain: It is very expensive to run a municipality, and our only income is from taxpayers, with the exception of the occasional grant.