Signatures of ninth Janesville City Council candidate verified
Zimdars turned nomination papers in to the city just before Tuesday evening’s deadline, and staff had not yet verified his signatures when a roundup article on the candidates ran Wednesday in The Gazette.
Zimdars brings the number of candidates to nine. One seat will fill a one-year term created when former council member George Brunner resigned in November.
Zimdars is an installation specialist for Honeywell Installation, Madison. He says he is running because he doesn’t believe taxpayers are represented on the current council.
For example, Zimdars questioned spending more than $2.5 million to renovate the city’s ice arena when the city doesn’t have enough money to pay for street maintenance. Instead, the council levied a $10 fee per vehicle registered in Janesville to help pay for street maintenance.
Zimdars said residents “keep hearing how bringing business (to Janesville) is the most important thing.” Yet, property taxes for small businesses went up an average of about 30 percent after the city’s recent valuation.
“That doesn’t seem all that small-business friendly to me,” Zimdars said.
He also noted a 21 percent increase in water rates.
“They tell us to conserve water, but then we’re not using enough, so our rates went up,” he said.
“We have a list of wants and needs, and it seems we’re spending more money on wants than needs,” he said.
The council must look for cuts, he added.
“You can only bleed so much from a turnip.”