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Madeira candidate criticizes budget

Fiscal accountability is a big issue for Marvin Merrill, a formerbusiness manager who is running for the City Commission.

"I think our entire budget process needs to be overhauled," he said. "I just feel when they put the budget together, they tend to overestimate expenses and underestimate revenue."

Merrill said he had plenty of training for such a task when he was an assistant vice president for Michigan Bell Telephone Co. He retired from that job in 1985.

"I certainly will take a business approach to the opportunities and problems in Madeira Beach," Merrill said.

Merrill, 59, is challenging incumbent Warren Sturgis to represent District 2. The city election is March 13.

While living near Grand Rapids, Mich., Merrill said he was an elected member of the school board.

For several years, the Merrills had a vacation home in Madeira Beach. That became their permanent home in 1986, Merrill said.

While in Michigan, he said he was involved with several community

organizations. Locally, Merrill was a member of the city beautification committee until he resigned to run for commissioner.

"I do feel Madeira Beach is a great community to live in and that's why we're located here," he said. "I just feel there are areas that need to be improved. . . . We have some neglected residential areas."

Merrill said he thinks residential areas have been neglected during the past few years in favor of "business interests and special-interest groups."

Merrill and his wife Josephine have two children.