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Friday, November 12, 2010

American Libraries Magazine chimes in

The industry magazine has an article entitled, “Voters Resurrect County Library in Oregon, Deep-Six Service for Michigan Town,” dated Nov 10, by Beverly Goldberg.
The article begins:
Libraries in many parts of the country were heartened to see voters approve their operating levies and capital bonds after several years of struggling to make ends meet and keep their doors open. In particular, a 52.8% yes vote for Hood River County (Oreg.) Library will enable it to reopen next year after lack of funds forced its closure July 1. However, Troy, Michigan, library’s second levy in less than a year was defeated by 689 votes, triggering preparations to shut down the entire system next summer.
 Later the article quotes Howrylak’s letter, and not admiringly: 
The mood is understandably dour at Troy Public Library, whose funding crisis has become fodder for political drama at city hall since council members cut $1.4 million from the library’s FY2011 budget in May (PDF file), leaving TPL with $2.26 million and precipitating the layoff of one-third of its staff and the end of Saturday service. City council member Martin Howrylak sent a letter October 26 to Troy residents urging the defeat of all four millage proposals, which varied between 0.9 mills and 0.999 mills per $1,000 valuation and would have created an independent library district, motivating the mayor and several other council members to seek his censure. Howrylak’s letter,according to the November 4 Troy Times, had stated: “The current year’s budget for the library is $2.26 million. Therefore, each of the four ballot proposals would over-tax property owners for library services.”

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