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Letter to the Editor: It's only money (part two)

Last week the Nisswa City Council held its second meeting to consider the city 2015 budget. At their first meeting, the projected increase in the city tax levy was just under 3 percent.

Last week the Nisswa City Council held its second meeting to consider the city 2015 budget. At their first meeting, the projected increase in the city tax levy was just under 3 percent.

The second meeting, held Sept. 4, was to refine the budget and consider additions or deletions and get a better grasp on what the final levy amount might be. There were practically no members of the public in the audience and only three council members out of the five attended.

At the end of the meeting, following several minutes of discussion, the council decided to add a major dollar item for possible future consideration. That major item was a potential $125,000 payment to the state to put in a turn lane on Highway 371.

If that were adopted in the final levy, it would mean the Nisswa tax levy would climb from the original 3

percent estimate to more than an 8 percent increase for 2015. While the $125,000 addition has not yet been finally approved by the council, but only being considered, now is the time for the public to voice their approval or disapproval of such a large levy increase (almost 300 percent) for next year.

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The next meeting where this will be discussed is set for Thursday, Sept. 11, at 4 p.m. at city hall. Just remember, it's only money ... but it's your money.

Don Jacobson,

Nisswa

(Don Jacobson is a Nisswa City Council candidate)

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