Columbia economic development board won’t endorse ballot issues

The board of directors for Columbia’s Regional Economic Development Inc. will no longer endorse or oppose local ballot initiatives, per a new policy the group established Wednesday.

The decision follows blowback over a letter board Chairman Todd Culley wrote this fall expressing concerns about a November ballot measure that would have increased fees for developers. Voters wound up rejecting the measure.

Opponents of REDI’s new policy say it could create a hurdle for fostering relationships between investors and developers in the future.

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