It’s high time The Gazette took a more critical stance of South Billings Urban Renewal District Director Steve Zeier’s case. Thank you. I’m still not clear if Zeier is still working as director and administrator of SBURD and, if he is, why?
The investigation concluded that there was no “intent to deceive or defraud.” What is more disturbing, however, is that there was no intent to repay, until he was caught, that is. Although from the different published articles the actual timing of the payments is somewhat unclear, Zeier had the almost $77,000 overpayment for over a year. That was more than enough time to notice the “extra.”
One other point needing clarification: Was the overpayment a result of overbilling? If it was, perhaps the county attorney needs to take a look.