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You know there’s trouble when the accountant pulls out the good ol’ can-kicking metaphor. “We’ve been kicking the can down the road and now it’s stuck in a ditch,” said Wenatchee Finance Director Deanne McDaniel. Well, not exactly. It’s more like we had a party, drank the can dry, and now we wonder why we’re thirsty. The empty can won’t satisfy.

This is more than verbal games over a sparse budget. It involves public safety and the fundamental duties of…

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