Skip to comments.Dougco right to turn down federal dollars with too many strings [ Colorado]
Posted on 07/27/2016 6:58:37 PM PDT by george76
Something very courageous happened at a recent Douglas County commissioners hearing. Colorado Community Media reported that at a June 28 hearing, Commissioners Roger Partridge and David Weaver voted no to accepting federal Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) monies. In the past, CDBG funds have been distributed to a variety of nonprofit and non-governmental entities throughout Douglas County. Both commissioners voiced their concerns of the far-reaching rules, regulations and compliance requirements hidden deep within HUDs updated CDBG application.
Included in HUDs application are two things that should cause each of us to pause. The first is the language of Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH). In essence, AFFH gives politicians and bureaucrats in Washington, D.C., the power to make zoning decisions for our neighborhoods and communities based on complex, regional, demographic and income parameters. It requires our communities to pay for assessments and reporting mechanisms while obligating our citizens to either redirect or raise local taxes to bring neighborhoods into regional compliance. Under AFFH, if you like your neighborhood, you may not be able to keep your neighborhood.
Secondly, Weaver (former Douglas County sheriff) voiced his concerns about the language inserted into the CDBG application that says police agencies must have excessive force rules in place. Such policies will cause our police officers to think twice as they serve and protect our communities. Ultimately, this results in less safe communities and increased danger to our peace officers. He also noted that the commissioners do not have jurisdiction over police forces. It is not the role of the federal government to dictate policy on local police issues.
(Excerpt) Read more at completecolorado.com ...
All counties should take this approach.
............if all 3,143 counties, parishes, and boroughs would do this the out of control federal bureaucracy could be brought to heel as it must.................
Maybe they don’t want any jihadis planted in their midst.
Nothing from the government is ever free.
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The author is a great lady. Our next target for getting rid of HUD grants is Jefferson County. If Jeffco goes, a lot of other counties will follow.
geor......Have you heard anything about Leroy lately? He seems to have dropped off the radar screen.
Indeed, but Congress should of course defund AFFH. To no surprise the Senate wimped out and voted for a worthless Collins amendment to the HUD bill instead of the superior Lee amendment. The House has passed the much better Gossar amendment. I don’t know where it stands as far as a conference between the House and Senate goes, but I would expect Paul Ryan to cave on this very quickly.
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