It's barely credible that these days, such things as providing school places and 'extra-care' provision for the elderly should not be a routine part of a council's budget.
Not in Bristol, though. Not in today's climate, under today's government. It seems that the only way to provide such things is by borrowing. What kind of sustainable economics is that?
Still, there is one part of the proposal to borrow an extra £50 million that is easily explained. A £10 million chunk of the £83 million-plus local contribution towards completing a South Bristol Ring Road and an under-used loss-making rapid transit. It's the first cut in the plan to raise cash from a city-centre workplace parking charge.
Take a look round the back of the Bristol Evening Paste, and you can see one good reason.