Cathy Dyson writes about King George County.
LoBuglio: Citizens have suggested the HELP Center would attract a certain element
On Tuesday night, the King George Board of Supervisors again will consider giving Project FAITH, a nonprofit company, 5 acres of county-owned land for the HELP Center, a facility with a raft of services for low-income residents.
A majority of supervisors favored the donation of land on April 18. Chairman Cedell Brooks Jr., who has pushed for the project to get started, wanted to move forward now that the county and Project FAITH have signed a performance agreement.
So did supervisors Ruby Brabo and John LoBuglio.
But LoBuglio changed his mind on another county matter last week. He had agreed with the two others to advertise a 4-cent increase in the tax rate, then announced later that he couldn’t support any increase at all.
LoBuglio said after that meeting, held last Tuesday, that he still supports the HELP Center, even though many residents view it as controversial.
“There’s many people out there who think this is going to attract a certain element to King George,” LoBuglio said.
LoBuglio also said there are residents who don’t want King George to give away prime real estate, as Ruth Herrink described the land in a recent public hearing.
She’s publisher of the King George Journal, and she asked supervisors why they would give away land without giving others a chance to bid on the project.
But as Brooks pointed out, the county gave land for the King George YMCA and no one objected to that.
LoBuglio said last week he believes people don’t understand that the county is giving land for the project instead of contributing funds toward it. Also, if Project FAITH builds the facility, which will house the health department, social services and various other state and county offices, King George won’t have to build its own. Its capital improvements plan calls for a new health and human services facility, to be built in the future at a cost of $9 million.