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A former City Council member who has switched parties and is running again called Wednesday for the city to stop managing its finances "by crisis."

Charles Nazzaro, who served on the Council earlier as a Republican but is running on the Democratic ticket, criticized Mayor Richard Kimball's 1998 budget proposal, which calls for a tax increase of $5.93 per $1,000 of assessed valuation.

The onetime Finance Committee chairman said the Council needs year-to-date figures and final projections in order to work on next year's spending plan.

"I repeatedly asked for that information when I was finance chairman, and never got it. The city also needs a long-term plan. We seem to go year to year and never get around to working on a long-term plan, not only for capital expenditures, but for operation expenditures," Nazzaro said.

Nazzaro also called the mayor's $22.3 million budget, with its 12.9 percent tax increase, "totally unacceptable, not only to the average taxpayer, but to the business climate."

The City Council will begin its budget review next week.

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