A fire in the underground parking garage shut down the county courthouse yesterday. Things might get pretty heated at today's County Council meeting as well. All of this stems from the push to preserve 213 acres of pristine open space that for decades was the home of the Don Guanella School off Sproul Road in Marple. put out a 10-page white paper to dispel the notion that the county has lagged when it comes to acquiring and protecting open space. But make not mistake. This is going to come down to dollars and cents. Council maintains that a bond issue to buy the Don Guanella tract would translate to a 4 percent tax on property owners every year for 20 years. The activists dispute those figures. Another argument used to throw cold water on a bond issue to acquire open space is the belief that not everyone in the county would necessarily benefit from it. Again, there are arguments that can be made on both sides of this issue. Count Glenolden Council President Tom Danzi in the camp opposing a bond issue. He makes the case that many of the inner-ring suburbs in the eastern part of the county are already tapped out when it comes to taxes. His school district, Interboro, just hiked taxes and cut jobs in the budget they adopted a few weeks back. "As a diverse community we range across the spectrum from young families who are just starting as new home owners to senior citizens who have lived and raised families in the same house over several decades ... To put it frankly, Glenolden residents simply cannot afford any additional taxes." Like I said, it should be an interesting day at the courthouse, and in county council's meeting. We'll be there to bring you the updates.