Local budget hearings aren’t exciting events, but they are important. Important enough, the State Legislature thought, that in March it passed a new law requiring local governments to hold a second public hearing if they were preparing to collect more in property taxes than the year before.

We wrote that, while we aren’t opposed to the law, it likely wouldn’t make any difference come budget hearing time. After all, local governments have been required to hold public budget hearings for a long time.

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