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Monday, March 26, 2007

Columbia Elections Open Thread

Now that the filing deadline has passed for all the villages, who is running in your area? Did you see any candidate out campaigning in the past week? What does their campaign literature look like?

I had an amazing time talking to people in Kings Contrivance. I have never campaigned for myself before, only volunteered for other people's campaigns, but the reception I recieved from people when I knocked on their door and asked for their vote was amazing.

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Anonymous jim adams said...

Evan, Kings Contrivance is very fortunate to have you as a candidate. You express a real interest as well as love for the village,and a great knowledge of the most pressing issues to be addressed.
You also have a very loyal and talented group of volunteers that believe in you.
I wish you all the sucess with your campaigning, and I know if you are elected you would do an outstanding job.

4:35 AM  
Anonymous jim adams said...

Evan, could you explain one of your issues.

"vigorously fight efforts to use lien-payer's money to pad developers profits".

8:16 AM  
Blogger Evan said...

Jim, Thanks!

To answer your question:

"vigorously fight efforts to use lien-payer's money to pad developers profits" refers to the discussions between Columbia Association (CA) officials and developers designed to create the Downtown Partnership where CA officials have currently expressed a willingness to assume the responsibility to pay for the maintenance and upkeep of public spaces in the new downtown built by the developers. This would very likely require lien-payers (the CA version of tax-payers) to pay more to cover this expense. By doing this the developers are passing on what should be their expense on to lien-payers to pad the developers profits. I believe strongly that developers should contribute to an endowed fund to pay for the maintenance and upkeep of these areas so that the development does not cost current lien-payers more in increased CA taxes. I am strongly against Corporate Welfare. Lien-payer money must be spent efficiently. That is a sacred public trust that I believe any elected official must live up to.

12:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wouldn't the number of lien-payers increase dramatically with the new units as well? Don't forget that in Columbia businesses pay the assessment, not just homeowners.

12:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, meeting your neighbors and talking about yourself can be amazing.

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