Commission votes to dissolve PSJRA board

Published: Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 10:24 AM.

Dissolution of the PSJRA board, Thursbay said, was not to get rid of Alsobrook, but the board.

Thursbay brought the motion that was seconded for discussion by Commissioner Phil McCroan. During the lengthy, often heated debate, Commissioner Bo Patterson approved the move for reasons similar to Thursbay.

When asked if his second of the motion stood, McCroan said he wanted to hear from all commissioners and then provided no insight as to his own views as he voted to dissolve the PSJRA board.

Commissioner Rex Buzzett and Mayor Mel Magidson strongly disagreed with the move.

“We have great board; we are doing the wrong thing here,” Buzzett said.

Buzzett noted he was chairman of the board of what was then the Downtown Redevelopment Agency for a decade. The group, without funds, mostly gathered to discuss ideas without the wherewithal to get much done.

That changed, he said, when the agency hired an executive director and pursued statutorily mandated Tax Increment Funds – a small percentage of property value increases in the designated area compared to a base year – from the county and city.

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