Saturday, November 6, 2010

Councilman Howrylak is fascinating to watch

First he spearheads changing the city charter so taxes cannot be raised without a vote by "the people." Then he opposes the vote to raise the millage by 1.9% in February of 2010, which would have saved the library, nature center and museum. Then he stands with the Troy Citizens United and their astonishing pack of untruths about city council committees (including the one I was on) who supposedly advised voters to vote no (a big lie) in February. 
Then in June, a friend of his tells me, he promised to support a library millage under 1 mill. Then he broke that promise and opposed the Citizens to Save the Troy Public Library's Proposal 1, a last-ditch effort to save the library, by never disavowing the outrageous deceptions his friends at TCU had used to scare voters and writing a letter filled with more outrageous disinformation. 

In case you don't know, Martin Howrylak's friends, cronies, supporters and funders from the Troy Citizens United/TCU are the people who take the mic each city council meeting. And they ALWAYS have their facts wrong. Just watch them. They're the ones who said the library board would be a "taxing authority," that Troy is going to spend 9 million on the transit center (actually 1.4), etc., etc. One Troy Tea Party/Troy Citizens United leader is a real estate agent who said when people move into a town they never ask about a library. Did it ever occur to her that's because why would anyone think a town the size of Troy wouldn't have a library? That would be insane!


They are the ones who will say this Monday that the people have spoken and that they won fair and square and that we are whiners for being angry at their constant cheating. You'll see.
Did he try to calm the craziness by telling the truth, by denouncing their deceptions as listed in this blog?
No.
People bought that nonsense, you know. We lost the library by only 680 votes.
And think about it--the man who wanted to change our charter so the people could decide what taxes are worth raising is in on the campaign that spreads lies about each millage increase so we can NOT get what we want. 

Look at his comment to the Free Press:
Howrylak said he hopes council will revisit budget cuts to support the library – and isn’t adverse to a new, half-mill proposal to help pay for it. 
“It still needs, I think from a policy perspective, to be put to a vote of the people to get that support, to temper down the environment a little bit,” he said.
HE isn't "adverse" (? - averse, I guess) to a half-mill tax increase, which means suddenly he knows the city doesn't have the money to keep the library open. Maybe if he had said that in his letter people would have voted yes. 
Also, a half-mill will keep the library starving as it is today. And as our property values and taxes shrink even more in the years to come, the half-mill will not sustain the library. 
Robin Beltramini has told the press that the only way to save the library is to get permission from the state library director to stay open less than 55 hours per week. Troy Library Director Cathy Russ was asked at a city council meeting if the state director has ever waived the 55 hour rule with a Michigan library. She said No.
Yet he offers us this pittance, which would still have to be voted on by the people--of course, because he insisted on changing the city charter so we would HAVE to vote on any tax increase. 
Besides, now that he has whipped up the anti-tax insanity, what makes him think he can stop it?
Regardless, there is no time for another vote to save our library, Mr. Howrylak. I wish you had thought this all through a bit more carefully before you started this game against the people.

You've also got to admire his chutzpah to say this to the Free Press:
“It still needs, I think from a policy perspective, to be put to a vote of the people to get that support, to temper down the environment a little bit,” he said.
I mean, it's so great that he's concerned about the "environment" in Troy. People are angry. People are angry because of the incredible amount of deception used by Mr. Howrylak's friends and associates. The lies about how this would be a 2 mill increase, the 3 fake proposals that Howrylak did not disavow in his letter, the 4-page mailer his friends at the TCU sent out (with his father's financial backing, apparently) that he also never disavowed.
This man has a stranglehold on our city, via deceptions, unethical cronies and money from those who don't want a library or a nature center, they just want power.
Let's stop them.

5 comments:

  1. Sharon, I'm with you! There needs to be a voice of reason in the community. A balance of discussion. A step away from ideology. Thank you for being such a professional, calm and informed voice.

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  2. A recent letter in the Oakland Press stated Howrylak is a "well-loved" public servant who has been mistreated by the "antics" of the mayor. Hikes, we have our work cut out for us.

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  3. Juxtapose:
    "In case you don't know, Martin Howrylak's friends, cronies, supporters and funders are the crazies who take the mic each city council meeting."

    "There needs to be a voice of reason in the community. A balance of discussion. A step away from ideology. Thank you for being such a professional, calm and informed voice. "

    too funny, ya just can't make this kind of stuff up, but I guess pig farmer's don't notice their own stink either.

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  4. Hey Anonymous,
    Yes, you're right. But don't worry, I didn't say I was being a voice of reason. That's because I know I'm still very angry about how this little TCU game played out.
    It's hard to fight the fire the opposition throws out with rainbows, so what do you want me to do?
    If you have ever been at the city council meetings, you know that a parade of Howrylak supporters step up and toss disinformation around and then march out the door before the truth is explained. I know that Mr. Howrylak knows the truth, yet he chooses not to correct them because they help him meet his ideological ends--ethics be damned.
    Maybe you could help me out -- Are they lying or do they really speak without knowing what they're talking about? I don't know. But I'm very, very angry about it.

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  5. A public servant is one who actually serves the community, not destroys it! Also, doesn't a public servant usually attend all meetings, not just when he is conveniently in Troy?

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