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City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said on Tuesday she would not consider raising property taxes next year, but she was not willing to take other tax increases off the table. She is trying to balance the city budget as she also mulls a run for mayor, and it appears that can be a complicated task. NY1's Courtney Gross filed the following report.

One can agree with City Council Speaker Christine Quinn when she said Tuesday, "A couple of things have changed." For Quinn, it took about 90 minutes.

At a City Hall press conference at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Quinn said, "Our proposal put out in 2009 was put out in a particular moment in severe fiscal crisis, A and B, in response to a proposal to broadly expand the sales tax, which in my opinion is the most regressive tax out there."

Then at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Quinn said in a NY1 interview, "There might be a sales tax that is just on luxury items that we might be willing to consider."

As the speaker stages a run for mayor next year, she is attempting to delicately balance the duties of her current job and the one she may want. On Tuesday, that came in the form of tax policy.

"I don't want to raise taxes. Nobody ever does. But if we do, you are going to have to do it in a progressive way," Quinn said at the Tuesday morning presser.

The conversation was not only sparked by a looming budget deficit, but also by one of the speaker's potential rivals in next year's Democratic primary, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio.

The public advocate called for taxing the wealthiest New Yorkers just last week.

In 2009, Quinn floated a similar proposal, but on Tuesday morning she backed away from it.

"The particular 2009 proposal is just not relevant particularly because of the actions of Governors [Andrew] Cuomo and [David] Paterson," Quinn said at the morning event.

Just hours later, Quinn said raising the personal income tax actually might be a possibility.

"You know, obviously things like PIT will be on the table but again we don't know exactly... how big the deficit is going to be and we will cross that bridge when we get there," Quinn said in the afternoon interview.

Unlike other mayoral contenders, Quinn is the only one with an actual stake in the budget process. She will craft next year's budget deal with the Bloomberg administration just two-and-a-half months before the Democratic primary.

"Of the folks who theoretically might run for mayor, yes, I am the only person who would have to vote on a budget," said Quinn. "But I am also the only one who can say I have led and passed seven on time and balanced budgets with minimal tax increases on New Yorkers."

Next year will be her last budget, at least as speaker.

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