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Monday's budget meeting was a great opportunity to see council members in action: There was horse-trading, back-slapping and in-fighting -- all out in the open.

But as the council tweaks Mayor Vincent Gray's proposed budget, a few key points emerged. One, some council members want to balance the budget with the additional money they are expecting to see when the new revenue estimate comes in. Here's the problem: That quarterly estimate doesn't arrive until after the budget has been finalized.

Chairman Kwame Brown wants to divvy up the money by allocating half for the fund-balance, and the rest evenly balanced between investments and human services.

The other main takeaway from the meeting was that this council is still deeply divided on some issues. Taxes, cuts to homeless services, the right number of police officers needed all were sources of strong disagreement.

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