This is how government budgets should be handled.
SANDPOINT - Bonner County commissioners are tracking toward the adoption of an austere budget that contains no pay raises, a limited reliance on property taxes and fewer people on the payroll.
"This has been the most horrendous budget session I have ever been through," said county Clerk Marie Scott, who has been in elected office since the early 1990s.
Of course, the "limited reliance on property taxes" may be due to the fact that property values are still declining, and constituents light up the phone lines whenever they see the slightest increase in their property tax bill. Just maybe.