Tuesday, October 26, 2010

TCU Deception # 10 - If Prop 1 passes, it's too late to pass a budget so the library will close - No, no, no!

One of the latest stories by the no-taxes-at-any-cost-including-losing-our-library crowd is that a Michigan library law requires independent libraries to have their budgets completed by September before the next fiscal year and so, ipso-facto, it’s too late to budget for our new independent library so it can’t open on July 1, 2011.
This is not true. 
I have been at two city council meetings at which the city attorney explained that if the budget is in by May of the same year, like other Troy city budgets, everything is fine. The anti-library proposal folks don’t know that, apparently, because they didn’t have lawyers or accountants help them interpret the law AND because after throwing these incorrect claims on the table, they stalked out of the chambers and didn't hear the truth.
If Proposal 1 passes, our library will continue running smoothly through the transition from city department to independent management by the library board. The Friends of the TPL know this because they have been responsible and professional. They have researched the facts, consulted the city and attorneys. They know what they’re doing.
Please don’t listen to the uninformed. Vote yes on Proposal 1.

More information from The Oakland Press (10/27/10):
Troy Citizens United also says even if an independent library were to be approved by voters, it could not open until July 1, 2012. It points to a section in Michigan Public Act 164, which outlines guidelines for independent public libraries, that states that the library board of directors would have to prepare a budget estimate on or before the first Monday in September for the ensuing year.

However, Lamerato said the provision applies to libraries with fiscal years that begin on Jan. 1 and not on July 1.

“It’s not a problem,” Lamerato said. “We have to have the tax rates established in May in order to issue the tax bills in July. If this were to pass in November, there’s no reason that the city council couldn’t approve a board that could meet in the spring and approve a budget in May.”

3 comments:

  1. Thanks for putting this site together. You may want to correct the date in your header. It is set to close in 2011, not 2010.

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  2. I saw an interesting article on Yahoo yesterday about Bloomfield Hills not having a library. The residents are told to by a library card from Troy for $200 to use the library.

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  3. Hi Denise,
    Thanks for the correction!
    I've heard that about Bloomfield Hills. They are very nervous as to the outcome of our election!
    And that is income to help keep us going.
    Best,
    Sharon

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