We in Howard County have elected a new county executive, but we still have the same old tired, bored Howard County Council. The "new" council is still rubber-stamping Ken Ulman's paybacks to developers.
This "new" council, like the old, has never met a developer or development it didn't love. Even though citizens all over Howard County are sick and tired of high-rise, tax-in-lieu buildings which stand almost empty because teachers, policemen and firefighters cannot afford them. Yet the council finds it perfectly legitimate to evict people to build a homeless shelter and finds it legitimate to build low to middle income housing in clusters rather than opening already built structures in a "set-aside" to accommodate affordable housing everywhere.
Follow the money. Who is benefiting from all of this new development? Certainly not the homeless. If the council were so concerned about the homeless, they would have started placing them years ago. The new $3.5 million 35-bed facility is still being planned at $100,000 per bed. This does not make sense. The homeless are still in tents. Why not use the $3.5 million to place and help the homeless now, not two years from now?
The developers expect payback for their large campaign contributions, and they are getting it big time.
Ellen Long, Savage