By Peter Dorfman
At the April 27 City Council hearing on the proposed Local Income Tax increase, Mayor John Hamilton, Deputy Mayor Don Griffin and Housing and Neighborhood Development Director John Zody all denied that they ever had any intention of subsidizing duplex development with LIT money. Their denials sounded categorical.
But when City Council President Susan Sandberg pressed Hamilton and Zody to explain what they meant by the use of funds language about “supporting missing housing types,” the best they could come up with was co-op housing, like the new Bloomington Cooperative Living project on 9th St. Hamilton made some vague reference to co-housing, which is essentially the same thing. Zody suggested the entire stratum of workforce housing was a missing housing type.
Here’s the discussion, edited for length but in context.
As that prominent former Democrat Ronald Reagan was fond of saying, “Trust but verify.”