Commissioners table PSJRA vote

Published: Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 09:47 AM.

She said she would sit down with any individual commissioner on her time to discuss concerns and invited commissioners to attend a PSJRA board meeting.

She also noted that losing the current PSJRA board would mean additional costs in consulting fees and the like that are not currently required due to the disparate talents represented on the board.

And after additional comments from the board, and questions from commissioners, particularly Patterson, Alsobrook noted that maybe a workshop to educate the public and commissioners on the PSJRA operations would be a benefit.

There are, Alsobrook and Magidson noted, specific mandates on how the PSJRA is funded – through a percentage of property tax increases within the agency’s geographic boundaries compared to a base year – and the agency spends its money – only on redevelopment within the agency’s boundaries.

An overview of the agency and its mandates, Alsobrook said, would be helpful.

Commissioners said they could contact and meet with Alsobrook over the coming two weeks and next week’s meeting of the PSJRA – all meetings are open to the public – will be noticed to allow commissioners to attend.

“I don’t mind waiting so I take my motion off the table,” Thursbay said. “I appreciate everyone coming out on this issue. This is democracy. This is what it is all about.”

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