WHEN the Columbia Council meets Thursday evening, three issues are likely to come up:
A cap on increases in the lien or tax rate, now 36.5 cents per $100,000 of valuation.
Legal fees of $300,000 accumulated by the council in recent months will be discussed.
And the council will debate whether to discuss the above issues in public.
The third of these matters demands an immediate answer: Yes. Certainly. How could such important busines be considered in private?
The current council, overriding the objections of some of its members, meets in private too often. Particularly in the matter of the lien, Columbia residents with an interest in their own finances will want to hear the cap discussion. If Columbia must consider asking its residents to pay more, they'll want to know why.