Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Citizen Article states "Library Opportunity Awaits Us" but draws critical comment.

To All COLA LO Members,

Last week a citizen article identified several opportunities in a new library facility.    The article presented details on which facilities and services could be improved in a new library and the new services that might be considered.    It presents interesting reading and some solid ideas.   

Ironically the article drew critical comment online because of the method the city is choosing to use to finance a new library under LORA the redevelopment agency which uses "tax increment financing".    Several residents object to this method and prefer that the Library be financed as a stand alone facility with a Bond Measure on the ballot.   LORA financing does not require voter approval.  

It seems the community is increasingly leery of debt levels and the ability of the council to make investments outside the voter approval/ballot initiative process.  

While the community supports the Library, it seems that residents prefer voting on major capital investments rather than allowing the council to approve them without voter input.   

The article and online comments can be found at:   Library Opportunity

Please notify all members, contacts and friends.  

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