Letter: Kudos for getting the library done without new taxes, bond issue
Your recent front page story concerning the new Central Library was very well done, being both thorough and informative. I sincerely hope the Free Press will do a follow-up story emphasizing the credit deserved to library director Eve Tallman and the rest of the library board for proving that things can be done with good planning and dedication and without relying on the taxpayers to do it for you.
It was not that long ago that the voters were being told by the then-library board and some zealous advocates that the ONLY way we could get a comprehensive library was to pass new taxes and a bond issue for nearly $20 million. When this was doomed to failure, it was reduced to $15 million and then later to around $11 million. Letters to the editor, news releases, and interviews from these groups insisted that they HAD to have their proposal passed or we were doomed to the dark ages — and yes, they even played the “we have to do it for the kids” card. As we all recall the proposal was defeated by the slimmest of margins.
I, for one, want to thank Ms. Tallman and her staff and intend to do so if the opportunity arrives at the grand opening of the new facility.
We taxpayers can only hope that the advocates for such things as a bird zoo, new ice rink, the rec center and an events center are paying attention!
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