According to coverage in the Oakland Press, his key point is as follows:
"The current library facility, books, computers, etc. are and will be property of the city of Troy, therefore, any new library district will need to find a building, buy books, computers, etc.,” and “property owners will thus end up paying twice for one library.”But we have been told that other cities undergoing this transformation, simply lease these things to the new library or sell them for a dollar or some minor amount. Why would Mr. Howrylak threaten to allow our precious assets to mold away in a closed library? Why would he threaten to not release our assets to us, should Proposal 1 pass?
Perhaps Mr. Howrylak doesn't understand that the city's assets don't belong to him or to city council. They belong to the people. Who is he to stand in the people's way, to subvert our will if we choose to keep our library open with our own books and building?
Would he be happier if the books are never touched again and the building crumbles to bits, unused?
This is astonishing.
Of course he claims we can just sign the mandate, but here are the reasons it won't work.
Ever since I started working with the Citizens to Save the Troy Public Library I have been telling people there would be some October Surprise, some last-minute piece of ugly political garbage they would throw at us.
And here you have it, courtesy Mr. Martin Howrylak.
Please vote YES on Proposal 1 to Save our Library.
Write to all council people here to let them know how you feel about this.