The news is filled with stories about unresponsive and unaccountable government. Scandals like the Veterans Administration, the Redflex red-light camera situation in Columbus and the data falsification scandals in Columbus City Schools come to mind.

To the Editor:

The news is filled with stories about unresponsive and unaccountable government. Scandals like the Veterans Administration, the Redflex red-light camera situation in Columbus and the data falsification scandals in Columbus City Schools come to mind.

Now citizens of UA are faced with a situation where city council has seemingly run amok.

Having convinced the electorate to pass a 25-percent income tax rate increase in 2014 and promising that 100 percent of the revenues would be spent on aging infrastructure, defined as streets, curbs, bridges, sewers and waterlines, council has decided to spend $14 million to $20 million of this money as a down payment on the Northam Park Master Plan. The people did not vote for this.

Reading information provided by the city in various publications, it's obvious that council has more in mind than a new swimming pool, relocating tennis courts and fixing drainage. Nothing less than a complete redesign of Northam Park is planned.

Having failed three times to secure voter approval for a community center, council is attempting to achieve that goal one piece at a time, concealing the total cost by going to multiple sources of unspecified funding and being vague about ultimate construction plans and costs.

What is clear is that council misled voters on the use of the income tax increase. And council plans to implement an amorphous "Master Plan" for Northam without submitting the details and costs of that plan to a citywide vote -- the very opposite of transparency and a perfect example of government by executive order.

This has caused a group of citizens to circulate petitions to recall five members of council -- the only recourse available against a group of officials seemingly bent on exerting their will regardless of the wishes of the people.

Terry McKee

Upper Arlington