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Does everybody love Raymond after a 4.24 per cent property tax hike?

The fact is all those numbers, percentages and referral motions over a four-hour stretch can be a grind for someone who prefers fresh air over recycled air.

But there I was alongside the usual gang of journos with a front row seat to a political performance that attracted many of the city's high flyers from the police, fire and parks departments.

They were all there to ensure their budgets got approved and -- as is old news by now -- they did. More old news: Council voted 7-4 in favour of a 4.24 per cent tax hike to help fund those departments.

But there's always more to the story, and I didn't feel good about the bare bones piece I filed yesterday at deadline. So I've gone through my notes – and my recorder, which was covered in a mountain of papers on my desk next to my notebook -- to assemble some stuff that you should know.

Full story here: http://www.vancourier.com/opinion/does-everybody-love-raymond-after-a-4-24-per-cent-property-tax-hike-1.23121745

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