Merrill residents voice concerns over city leadership

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MERRILL (WAOW) — Some Merrill residents are concerned city leaders are misleading them, especially when it comes to a tax increase approved by the city council in November.

“The city administration didn’t say a single word about the 4.4% additional tax increase. Why did they keep that a secret?” Merrill resident Mark Bares asked in a public comment forum.

On Tuesday evening, a closed session was held by the Personnel and Finance Committee to hear complaints sent in by citizens. A handful of protesters gathered outside before the meeting.

In a Facebook post, some residents expressed their lack of trust in city leadership. In an open session following the closed meeting, about a dozen people called for the city administrator and finance director to be fired.

However, it was announced in the public city council meeting that no recommendation had been made in closed session.

That announcement was met by boos from some of those in attendance. And eventually, some walked out of the meeting in frustration.

The city administrator, David Johnson, voiced his opinion following the open meeting.

“I’m disappointed in the people who don’t appreciate all the things that have been going on in the city that are positive. All of the amenities we’ve been getting, new businesses, new jobs,” Johnson said.

Without a recommendation tonight, Merrill residents are still hoping something will be done in the near future.

Sarah McGrew

Sarah McGrew

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