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Lincoln residents encouraged to take city budgeting survey

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Posted By: Camila Orti

A new online survey has been set up for the people of Lincoln to voice their concerns and help the City make policy decisions.

Mayor Chris Beutler compares it to a halftime talk at a Husker football game.

"You look over the strategy and decide what to change for the second half," Beutler said.

He's talking about a new online survey called 'Taking Charge' that will help the City form future budget plans; it gives you the power to decide where you want your tax dollars to go.

The City has partnered with the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center since 2008 to create these surveys for the public.

Beutler says the results of the surveys have directly impacted the government's decisions on things like snow removal and police operations.

"I urge you to be part of the solution and to make your voice heard by taking the survey this year," Beutler said.

Lisa Pytlik Zillig, with the Public Policy Center, says the main part of the survey only takes about 10 minutes. It includes a section to rank the importance of indicators, or categories, like transportation and safety and security.

You can move sliders around to show if you want funding in certain categories to change.

"You can indicate whether you think it should be doing more to meet indicators, perhaps that it's not meeting, or whether you think, 'I know it's not meeting this indicator but I still think you should keep it about the same,' because maybe that indicator's not that important to you," Pytlik Zillig said.

To take the survey, go to or click here and select 'Taking Charge Budget Survey,' which will be in the box in the middle of the page.

You have up until the end of August to complete the survey, which will help shape the budget for 2014.

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