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CITY CORNER
Wednesday, August 5, 2009 • Posted August 5, 2009

As summer begins to wind down, around town people are trying to get in that last few days for a vacation and parents are working to get all the children ready for a new school year. The

City Water Department is still asking that you be careful and limit your yard and landscape watering, but with the recent showers and the new water tank working, there is not as great of a concern as many of our neighboring towns seem to have. All of our City staff is working at completing the many day-to-day activities, and everything seems to be in good shape around town.

In the City Office we are working to complete the budget for the coming year as we do every August. After several revisions, I have a proposed budget that is balanced and does not call for any additional fees or rate increases. We are being very careful to plan on projects and expenses that are needed and will provide for the future of our town, but we are not planning any extra spending that is not really practical or truly necessary. We are anticipating additional water system improvements and extension of the main water line on the north side of town, but this is based on a significant grant from the state Office of Rural Community Affairs. If you have questions or would like to make your opinion known about the ways your city operates and spends your public money, we will be discussing the budget at our next City Commission meeting on next Monday, August 10 at 5:00 p.m. at the Richard Eckert Civic Center. The following week the proposed budget will be filed with the City Secretary and will be available for public inspection at any time, and on September 14 we will have a Public Hearing for the proposed budget and the proposed property tax rate for the coming year. All of these notices and public meetings are specified by state law and we are very diligent in observing all of the requirements.

The process of setting the budget is one of the most transparent actions of municipal government because the money we spend is your money. The Mayor is named the Budget Officer by state law, and it is important that everyone who wishes is fully informed about all of the spending your city does. I would be glad to visit with anyone who has a question or suggestion about the spending for the coming year, or anything in the past, and you can often catch me at the City Office at 347-6449. Also please feel free to email me at brent.hinckley@cityofmason.us and I will listen to your concern and try to answer any question.

Mason is a beautiful hometown and it belongs to all of us, so it is important that you know and understand how your town works. Your city officials are here for you, and we want to hear from you about how we can continue to work together to make Mason a better place to live and raise our families.

Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley

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