I live in Magnolia (Decker Prairie area) but I do pay taxes to Tomball ISD and shop in Tomball. While it's encouraging to see revenue rising in Tomball and predicted budget surpluses, I feel it is entirely inappropriate to be spending $20,000 to send city "officials" on a junket to Germany at this time, while economic uncertainty hangs over the entire country as well as our local economies. The amount may be small potatoes as part of the overall budget, but the message it sends is much larger. Many of us had to forego vacations this summer as a result of belt tightening in our personal budgets. Shades of the federal GSA scandals we have all seen lately on a local scale.