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Letters to the Editor: It's only money

At the end of the month have you often wondered where all that money in your paycheck went? If you're like most people, it went to pay the mortgage, insurance, taxes, food, gas, medical and the list goes on and on.

Well, have you ever wondered just where all your tax money goes? Cities produce a budget every year to set up spending and goals for the upcoming year. How that budget is put together and what the priorities are determines part of your overall tax bill. Generally speaking, but not always, real estate taxes are split about 1/3 city, 1/3 county and 1/3 school district. And while cities generally don't make a big announcement that they are working on the budget for the next year, this is the time of the year where that process begins. So if you have ever wanted to see how "budget sausage" is made, now is the time for your input.

The City of Nisswa has set 4 p.m. on Aug. 13 and Sept. 4 as their council workshop dates for the 2015 budget. The meetings are open to the public and held at city hall. Being there in person to hear the discussion and the amount of dollars allocated for each department in the city would be the preferred way to let the council know your feelings, but letters are another way to provide input.

Remember, it's your money they are spending, help them do it wisely, attend the budget meetings.

Don Jacobson, Nisswa