The City Paper’s Alan Suderman reported yesterday that the final tab for D.C. Council Chair Kwame Brown’s two fully-loaded luxury SUVs that caused such an uproar earlier this year could well approach $25,000.

In the grand scheme of a District that runs on a $5.3 billion budget, that’s a drop in the bucket. But for all the spending cuts that have been going around, it’s also bad optics for Brown -- his desire for luxurious transport costs way more than most families in the city could comfortably parts ways with.

So what could have Brown’s $25,000 mistake have gotten us?

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