other i wrote:If we wanted the ultimate democratic test of this issue, and put it to a referendum, I think the results would be rather interesting. I don't advocate that we do that. But the back-and-forth on which body is more democratic certainly needs to be grounded in the reality that a referendum for ANY TIF funding of the Edgewater project would probably fail.
I would be OK with a referendum, in fact given the bitterness that has developed, maybe it is a good idea at this point.
But you don't have to go to the "ultimate democratic test", a reasonable compromise is to look at the consensus of direct representatives. That balances democracy with the need to study the issue.
I'm curious why you think any TIF funding would fail. A supermajority of the council voted for the project, this is a powerful statement of public opinion. Although not specifically a TIF vote, I doubt that this threshold could have been reached if the constituents of our representatives were against TIF.
Which brings me back to my main rant: the opponets of this project don't give a flying damn about democracy. They view their position as having moral authority, it is the Correct way, justifying any mechanism necessary to see it through. There is certainly a bucketful of that sentiment on the advocacy side as well, but the proponents don't seem to have the same glowing eyes.