Governance panel to discuss possible changes for Columbia

June 09, 1994

The Columbia Council Governance Committee will meet for the first time tonight to discuss goals for how Columbia should be governed in the future.

The committee will meet after the regular council meeting, which begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Columbia Association Building, 10221 Wincopin Circle.

The main administrative body in Columbia, an unincorporated community of 80,000, is the private, nonprofit Columbia Association, which manages the 27-year-old town's recreational facilities, social programs and open space areas.

David Berson, River Hill village's council representative and the committee's chairman, said the panel intends to outline the advantages and disadvantages of Columbia's current system, establish goals for desirable changes, if any, and determine the means for making changes.

The council likely would hire an outside consultant to analyze the legal, financial, political and social ramifications if Columbia was to incorporate as a special tax district or municipality or pursue another alternative, Mr. Berson said. The committee's goal is to delineate clearly the costs and benefits of different alternatives, he said.

The meeting is open to the public.

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