We continue to be impressed by the management of the city of Dublin. It's a relatively young city that grew quickly but recognized that one-time development fees would not last forever.
So the city, rather than taking on debt to build civic projects, took a pay-as-you-go approach to its finances. It has served the city well, allowing it to survive this economic downturn without the huge pains felt by many other municipalities.
Our top criterion in making endorsements for two seats on the City Council was finding candidates who would steadfastly protect that approach so Dublin doesn't become yet another overleveraged city with no obvious path to financial stability.
The standouts are incumbent Kevin Hart and Planning Commissioner Doreen Wehrenberg. They both champion the need to preserve the current system. And they both recognize the need to carefully control pension costs that could drag the city into deep debt, if it's not careful.
As it is, the city does have debt for pension and retiree health costs. But the council has taken steps to ensure it doesn't reach the ridiculous levels of many other cities.
To its credit, the current council in the past two years has insisted employees make meaningful contributions to their very generous pensions. It was a change we said before the last election was essential.
It's that sort of approach to city finances that we want to preserve -- and we believe that Hart and