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Published Saturday, April 19, 2008 6:48 AM

Letters for April 19

The College Station City Council election on May 10 promises to be one of the most important in the city's 70-year history. There's no doubt that College Station is destined to grow at an ever accelerating rate in the next 15-20 years. The question to be decided in this election is: "How will that growth be managed?

Do the citizens of College Station want unfettered growth impacting traffic and neighborhoods with things such as Weingarten Realty's recent effort to push through rezoning for a super Wal-Mart? Do they want growth to saddle current residents with additional taxes for infrastructure (new thoroughfares and extended utilities) while letting developers get a free ride?

The answer is a resounding "no." At the same time there are older neighborhoods being subjected to increasing rental investment (as opposed to resident ownership) as well as purchases by wealthy out-of-town buyers wanting to build outlandish homes that stand out like sore thumbs, drive up tax appraisals and disrupt the character of the existing neighborhood.

There are three candidates for city council who have the background, education and experience to guide new growth in the best interest of all the citizens and help preserve established single family neighborhoods while encouraging developers to do their part in developing infrastructure of new neighborhoods.

John Crompton, Larry Stewart and Dennis Maloney are the best people to direct our future growth. While these candidates are running independently, they share similar values and goals for our city. Their opponents, heavily financed by developers and real estate investors, do not have the interests of owner residents at heart.

It is critical that owner residents of single family neighborhoods cast their ballots during early voting April 28 - May 6 or at the election on May 10.

JERRY COOPER

College Station





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