While Chinese protestors took over the Hong Kong International Airport in a drive for more democracy, the College Park Mayor and Council laughed at its citizens’ efforts to exercise their democratic rights.
At last night’s City Council meeting, six out of eight Councilmembers rejected the appeals of more than 200 residents to put a 19+ million dollar bond bill to referendum in this fall’s elections. The bill combines monies for the soon-to-be constructed City Hall and the Duvall Field renovation.
Councilmembers Kate Kennedy, PJ Brennan, Monroe Dennis, Robert Day, John Rigg and Dustyn Kujawa, without compunction, elected to push forward a motion to borrow nearly 20 million dollars to be repaid over 30 years. Although Mayor Wojahn was unable to vote on the issue, his stance was aligned with those six members. This vote will cost taxpayers $1 million in interest annually.
Councilmembers Fazlul Kabir and Denise Mitchell presented an alternate motion to postpone the vote until after the issue went to referendum. This motion was voted down.
A dozen residents, one presenting two petitions with 200 signatures, spoke to tax breaks for developers, the cost of artificial turf for Duvall Field, and democratic rights. They were rewarded with nay votes and the sight of their democratic rights swirling down the drain.