by Nathan Warner
The Zimmerman City Council held its annual public comment meeting on Monday, where the city presented the 2012 budget and levy to a full house.
“Between the Boy Scouts earning merit badges and the high school students doing assignments, City Hall was packed,” City Administrator Randy Piasecki said, “but strangely enough, no one was there for the public comment meeting.”
The city’s preliminary 2012 expense budget was less than 1 percent above 2011 and the preliminary tax levy would increase by 5.2 percent over 2011 numbers.
“Last year we had a number of concerned citizens show up for the comment meeting,” Piasecki said, “so I hope the fact that no one showed up on Monday means residents are satisfied with the way things have turned out. We’ve all been working very hard to keep the taxes as low as we possibly can.”
The council also approved a financing package for Angeno’s Pizza and Pasta, amounting to $98,750, which will help the business double the size and seating occupancy of the former Godfather’s Pizza and Funcity spaces.
“We saw this new business as an opportunity to help our local economy and create jobs,” Piasecki said, “which is something we’re all interested in supporting at City Hall.”