MERRILL (WAOW) — Five of the eight Merrill city council members could soon find themselves in a recall election.
Concerned citizens submitted statement of intent to circulate recall petitions for Paul Russell, Tim Meehean, Rob Norton, John Vanlieshout and Dave Sukow.
News 9 tried reaching out to those five council members, and the mayor, but received no comment.
The group of residents said they lost confidence in the city leaders after they felt they were misled about a tax increase.
“After the whole budget went through and taxes went up seven percent when they were only supposed to go up three percent, the mayor said we should hold our aldermen accountable,” said Merrill resident Mark Bares.
Now that the recall documents have been submitted, about 130 signatures from each district need to be collected.. After that, the city will have 60 days to set an election date.
The group of residents already has potential candidates to fill those city council seats. Steve Sabatke said he’s a life long resident of Merrill and will run for the district eight position.
“I see the spending is completely out of control and I believe I can make a difference,” Sabatke said.
Back in January, when tax debates were still going on, City Administrator Dave Johnson said he thought this concerned group of citizens was overlooking the good things happening in the city.
“I’m disappointed in 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,” Johnson said.
The residents behind the recall motion will hold a recall rally on Tuesday, Mar 19. For more information, click here.