By BRAD ROLLINS
Scores of angry property owners and managers on Monday crammed the City Hall meeting of a “working group” drafting an ordinance that requires registration and inspection of most residential rental properties.
Just minutes into the meeting, attendees who crowded city council chambers and spilled into the foyer, began peppering City Marshall Ken Bell with questions and comments about the proposed system he has been guiding through the seven-member panel of city council appointees. Accustomed to combing through the 30-page draft in obscurity, the panel — four of whom were present — abandoned their regular practice to hear out the residents.
They got an earful.
“We don’t need a landlord czar. We don’t need another layer of bureaucracy. .. I think this is the hugest waste of time and energy. We’ve been getting along fine for 30 years I’ve been in San Marcos and I think what we need to do is put this behind us and move on,” said the first speaker, Robert W. McDonald, who owns hundreds of rental houses and duplexes in town.