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Mayor AJ Hashmi has asked for time during Monday night’s meeting of the Paris City Council to address the “expenses, budget, financial oversight and policies” of the Paris Economic Development Corporation.
The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the City Council chambers at 107 E. Kaufman St.
For each agenda, the city staff includes green “memorandum” sheets to give council members a heads-up on the various agenda items.
There is no such memo for Hashmi’s presentation.
Presumably, it is the presentation he planned for two weeks ago, which he declined to elaborate on at the time, other than to say it would not be controversial. Hashmi ended up not giving the presentation in that meeting.
Two other discussions are on the agenda:
During the Citizens Forum at the beginning of the Aug. 12 council meeting, former City Councilman Don Wilson told the council he is “extremely concerned with the open and hostile exchanges and accusations between the City Council and the PEDC.”
Wilson noted that some members of the council have been vocal in their criticism of how the PEDC has spent the one-fourth cent of the sales tax that voters approved in that same 1993 election to create the PEDC “to carry out industrial development programs.”
If the council is going to criticize the PEDC, it should explain why it hasn’t used its one-fourth cent of the sales tax as well as it should have.
Wilson alleged that rather than use the revenue from the one-fourth cent sales tax to reduce property taxes, the City of Paris has been using it to build up its reserves.
As Wilson was sitting down, Hashmi said that would be an agenda item in the next meeting.
By Charles Richards, eParisExtra