As New York City moves ahead with a $750 million refunding, officials continue to haggle over the way in which one of the city's financial advisers will get paid for its work on the bond issue.

The issue, scheduled for pricing tomorrow, has been marred by controversy. City officials say the issue will produce $225 million in budget relief, largely by extending maturities of existing debt. Budget monitors deride the move as a fiscal gimmick.

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