Park City State of the City: No rebuttal to the mayor
Nobody provided a rebuttal to Park City Mayor Andy Beerman’s State of the City address on Tuesday evening, a tradition on the national level and sometimes on the state level.
The mayor delivered a formal State of the City address at the Santy Auditorium in front of an appreciative audience. The mayor and members of the Park City Council fielded questions from the audience after the formal remarks, but no one was given time to deliver a formal rebuttal from the front of the room. The questions from the audience were not confrontational in nature.
City Hall’s elected officials hold nonpartisan positions and generally lean toward the political left. The nonpartisan nature of Park City politics likely influenced the lack of a rebuttal on Tuesday.
In national and state politics, the political party not occupying the White House or the governor’s mansion at the time sometimes selects an up-and-coming politician to deliver a rebuttal, something that generates exposure for the person.
The mayor recently entered his second year in Park City’s highest office after serving as a member of the City Council. The five current members of the City Council are seen as staunch supporters of Beerman.
An attorney representing a critic of Park City’s plans to build restricted affordable housing in Old Town sent a letter urging officials to meet the same standards that would be required of a private-sector developer in the neighborhood.