Return your Taxes

The City raised the property tax to compensate for a $348k shortfall of an $18M budget. I want to return the money to the taxpayer.
Several years ago, the City voted to increase the millage rate as stated. A constituent said they should borrow the money from the city savings account, and the mayor indicated that  you do not borrow money to make up such a deficit. That is precisely what a fiscally responsible leader would do; it was a short-term deficit, and the City should have either found a way to reduce the spending or borrowed the money from savings. Interestingly enough, a few months after they raised the tax rate, the city manager located an additional $1M. I want to reduce the pace over the first four years I am in the office back to where it was without lowering safety by one penny.