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Rush for New Downtown Library - Why?

From: domainremoved <Henry>
Date: Wed, 10 Jan 2018 16:03:21 -0800

Honorable Council Members,

Today you announced a second meeting to site a new downtown library next Wednesday. So far you have authorized a "push poll” and authorized the city manager to hire a senior assistant specifically to administer the process.

But the question remains, Why do we suddenly need this library so badly that it bumps other projects and services, and is expected to cost us up to $3 million per year for thirty years to borrow “our share” of the money to build it? Why is this more important - suddenly - than to hire staff for library evening hours? or to sweep bike lanes year round? or to re pave some of our lumpy, broken streets? or upgrade our traffic signals to the current century? or pay down unfunded city pensions?

For comparison, our entire streets and sidewalks budget for this fiscal year is $2.2 million.

If having $30 million dangled in front of us draws this much attention - to “top off" an edifice we don’t need - then the city has lost its compass.


Henry Riggs
Received on Wed Jan 10 2018 - 16:06:57 PST

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