Dear City of DeKalb,

I would be OK with your raising my water bill $80 this year if it were going toward something water-related like paying Water Division personnel, replacing water mains or painting towers. Instead, I know much (if not all) of the increase is going — as $500,000 from Water already goes annually — to the General Fund for nonessential stuff you still insist on giving yourselves, such as magazine subscriptions, car allowances, and reimbursed “business” lunches in Opportunity/Innovation Central.

Blood. Turnip. Just sayin’. The borscht train is about to run off the track.

(Yeah, I know: mixed veggies. Long day. I’ll try to do better with the property tax bill.)