Council To Vote On Ahmed Tonight

Feb 26, 2013

A City Council vote is expected tonight on whether to reappoint UNF professor Parvez Ahmed to the Jacksonville Human Rights Commission.

The council will also hold a public hearing on an ordinance to freeze a fee for construction projects.

Ahmed’s reappointment was approved last week in the Rules Committee. Opponents of his reappointment point to his former position with the Council on American-Islamic Relations while his supporters say he has long worked for understanding between religions.

The mobility fee is placed on new construction projects, and the revenue is used to fund transportation projects. It also encourages redeveloping areas close to town. The city had a one-year moratorium that expired in October. Supporters say it will spur more economic growth, but opponents say it will hinder downtown redevelopment plans and the fee is needed for transportation projects like bike lanes.

A council vote on the mobility fee moratorium is expected next month.    

Tonight’s council meeting begins at 5-o-clock in Council Chambers at City Hall.

City Council to vote Ahmed reappointment