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A look back at 2012: a positive year financially for Abilene

By Michelle Frizalone, mfrizalone@ktxs.com
Published On: Dec 26 2012 08:12:58 PM CST
ABILENE, Texas -

As 2012 comes to a close, what important decisions did the Abilene City Council decide. 

City elections was the biggest start to the year. In 2012, only one person filed to run against incumbent Joe Spano for place two during the city election. 

Jim Holzberlein sought the seat, but Spano was re-elected. Councilman Shane Price ran with no challenger and was sworn in the place one seat.

Sales tax revenue for the city also surged in 2012. The City of Abilene had an extra $5.3 million. Increased revenue allowed all city employees to get a three percent salary increase.

Council approved putting $3.2 million towards the 2011- 2012 Capital Improvements Program, which funds city projects.          

Also, some city owned buildings were demolished on Pine St. and the city bought Abilene Police a $226,000 armored vehicle.

The West Nile Virus also hit home. There were three confirmed human cases in Abilene and one in Taylor County.

Abilene sprayed for mosquitoes for several weeks, but we were not nearly as hard hit as the Dallas area that had a bad West Nile outbreak.

But most recently, controversy over a recent ordinance.
  
In early Dec., a precious metal ordinance passed in a close four to three vote.  

Metal businesses will hold materials for at least seven days before doing anything with the metal.

Testimony from angry business owners didn't stop the ordinance from being passed.

Looking ahead to 2013, Councilwoman Miller announced she's running again for place six on the Abilene City Council in the upcoming May election.