It feels like forever since Verona had its old growth back.
The addition of Epic’s gargantuan Deep Space auditorium to the tax rolls and an improved economy overall have given Verona its biggest growth – 17 percent – since just after Epic moved here, in 2006.
That means a lot more flexibility with its budget.
But of course, because of that long, recession-fueled wait, there’s also a long line of departments requesting help – library, police and planning are all asking for extra staffing, and the fire department will have a new station to upkeep and a new intern program. Plus, the city has been working on filling out its rolling replacement funds to avoid ebbs and flows in capital costs like vehicles, computers and building equipment.
Still, it’s a good problem to have as budget season gets started in earnest next week... Read More