City To Monitor TIF Financial Matters After Racial Tensions Surface

By Eric L. Wesson Sr.
CALL Staff Writer

Tempers flared at a recent Economic Development Commission meeting after alleged racial comments were made by the Tax Increment Financing chairman to the past EDC chairman.
Immediate past EDC chairman Clyde McQueen, now financial chairman, attempted to raise a point at a recent EDC meeting when TIF chairman Ron Yaffe moved to adjourn the meeting, sources tell THE CALL.
Moments later Yaffe was heard telling McQueen, “we wouldn’t be having these problems if you could control ‘your people’”.
Yaffe was referring to and called by name, Ms. Malina Johnson, an African American woman, who serves as the Controller for the EDC that monitors and reports TIF expenditures.
At a meeting with Mayor Sly James and other key officials, Yaffe stated that he did not make the  statement.
However, others in attendance at the meeting heard the same statement that McQueen alleges Yaffe made.

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