2008_11_thbl.jpgCity Comptroller and mayoral hopeful Bill Thompson has stepped into the simmering debate over the $400 property rebate checks. Mayor Bloomberg has said the city doesn't have the $256 million it costs to send them to homeowners this year, but Thompson tells the Post, "The money is there. It only requires creativity, thoughtfulness and a consideration that budget cuts should not disproportionately affect New Yorkers." In the mean time, Mayor Bloomberg is trying to assure New Yorkers he'd love to send them the check--"There’s nobody who would like to send a check to every homeowner in this city more than me"--but some City Council members believe he'll use the issue as a bargaining chip during budget negotiations.