The coincidence of the pandemic and scheduled November elections presents an opportunity for politicians to display principle.

Will candidates show courage and tackle deficits by cutting expenses, or simply pass the bill to taxpayers by raising taxes?

Public employees have been the least affected by the pandemic. Their paychecks have continued so far, but the time has come for them to make a contribution to closing budget gaps.

I don’t know the compensation schemes of Coronado’s municipal government, but if they include taxpayer-funded pensions for those employed in non-hazardous jobs, the budget axe should fall right there. They can set up 401ks like the rest of us.

The litmus test for candidates in November should be simply “are you willing to cut municipal expenditures, and specifically how?” The issue should be raised at every opportunity.

Mayor Bailey has shown political courage in the past re the arrested surfers. I hope that he and the other candidates in November can step up to the plate.

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