A severe outbreak of growthophobia has been reported in Star where resident growthophobes are uniting to oust the mayor and most of the councilors following a 158% increase in population in the past year.
Thanh Tan at KBCI-TV 2 did a nice job on the story of Pamela Leverett’s effort to circulate a recall petition on behalf of a group calling itself “Star Citizens for Smart Growth.” The citizens are suffering all of the symptoms of the dreaded growthophobia disease and are working for the cure–a new mayor and council.
The folks have the usual concerns–growth is outstripping the ability of the schools, roads, and sewers to cope with insurgents.
The best quote is from Mayor Nathan Mitchell, who stands to lose his job if the recall succeeds: “I don’t see anything positive coming out of this recall for the community.”
From what we saw in the KBCI report, Team Nathan may have to do some fancy talking to escape the might of the citizens at the ballot box. They only need 250 signatures to force an election and they claim to represent 400 households already.
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