2008_12_citycoun.jpgThe City Council really wants its homeowning constituents to get their $400 property rebate checks, though Mayor Bloomberg prefers to cancel them, given the city's impending budget crisis. According to the Daily News, "City council leaders say they can save taxpayers money and preserve homeowners' $400 rebate by cutting spending on police recruiting and standardized test prep in schools, and eliminating grass clippings from city garbage pickups." City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said that the suggested cuts would save $170 million, which still doesn't cover the $256 million the property rebate checks cost. Still, Quinn said, "No one in [City Hall] sadly believes that this is the last round of cuts, so let's get ahead of the game and make as many cuts as we can that don't erode core services."