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Village of Weston Votes to Move Forward on Municipal Building Plan

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Weston, Wis. (WAOW) -- Weston officials voted Monday 5-2 to move forward with the $14 million plan for a new municipal building.

It's been a debate six years in the making, and officials say it's needed as the current building is over 70 years old.

"The building is old. It needs to be done," said Trustee Jon Ziegler.

There's a deep divide over the cost of the project. Village leaders say the $14 million price tag is needed to address insufficient office space and an inadequate public works garage, among other problems in the current building.

Many residents submitted written public comment, some in agreement of the move as representing the village's move towards modernism.

But there are others who are disappointed with the fact that the decision did not go to referendum.

Ziegler even expressed his concern with the way the village is paying for the project.

"It shouldn't be a taxpayer burden. They should be looking for additional funds," he said.

According to the village website, the project would increase property taxes for a home worth $150,000 by about $130 annually.

Ziegler says this could put many residents in a bad place.

"In talking to some of my neighbors, they're not happy. They want to know what it's going to cost for the entire time," he said.

Moving forward, he hopes those who are upset continue to express their concern.

"I just hope that people are there and that they're voicing their concerns and that they don't stop voicing their concerns for what's going to happen," he said.

For a full breakdown on the plan, click here.

Natalie Sopyla

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