From Ward reapportionment to $22,000 an acre, developers push ethical limits
COLUMBIA, 12/4/11 (Beat Byte) --
Just weeks after they voted for a so-called "gerrymandering plan"
known as Trial D,
two members of Columbia's recently-concluded Ward Reapportionment Committee
want the Columbia City Council to fork over big taxpayer dollars
for vacant land near the new Battle High School.
By comparison, all 47 social services agencies
in Columbia would get just $979,000
under a proposal Council members
will consider Monday night.
The land would be banked for future use because the city has no money to develop it, Columbia park services manager Mike Griggs told Columbia Daily Tribune readers agitated over the proposed acquisition. The sale would mark the third time in roughly three years the Pugh-Atkins-Wolverton-Lemone partnership has sold ultra-pricey land to a public entity.