After listening to citizens complain about the Blueprint process, City Commissioner Jeremy Matlow voiced strong opinions of his own, which kicked off a spirited discussion among elected officials.
Referring to the Blueprint process, Matlow said, “This is madness….it’s a sham.”
Matlow railed on a process that he implied benefits developers and monied interests. He voiced concern about the relationship between Blueprint and campaign consultants.
Matlow also questioned why tax revenue that will not be collected for years is being tied up in projects that will not be built for years.
His comments resulted in a strong rebuke from City Commissioner Curtis Richardson who took his comments personally. Chairman Bryan Desloge also criticized Matlow’s comments.
The back and forth continued between other elected officials. The discussion made it clear, that in addition to Matlow, other elected officials were concerned about the process and the relationship between the Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency and the staff.