Annexation offers no benefit

Published: Wednesday, January 29, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 28, 2003 at 11:20 p.m.

Not all Democrats agree with new urbanism and rapid annexation policies. Efforts were made to convince citizens that annexation was the only way to assure bus service to an area of approximately 15,000 college students.

Meanwhile, student government reported that it wanted the annexation so it could vote in city elections and create two more seats on the Gainesville City Commission.

All commissioners vote on all ordinances. Therefore, citizens concerned about issues that require commission votes have to make contact with all five.

Adding two more commissioners will require citizens contact all seven, making it more difficult for them to participate in the process.

City Commission meetings frequently run well past midnight in order to hear commission comments from the present five. It is only logical for citizens to expect the meetings to extend even further into the wee hours of the morning in order to hear from two more.

If five County Commissioners can conduct business for twice the number of citizens in the city, then certainly we can accomplish the same.

Meanwhile, major construction using our tax dollars will soon begin at city hall to make room for this costly expansion. We may all have to suffer an initial financial loss by adding two more commissioners, but like other poorly supported commission initiatives, this, too, can eventually be reversed.

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