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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Troy is the new Highland Park?

Well, one thing this experience teaches you, that once one reporter gets it wrong, they all follow suit.
Bonnie Caprara failed to mention in her article yesterday that 5 city council members (NOT 4) refused to address Mr. Howrylak's flawed option to save the library with money that has already been designated to fill holes in future budgets. And if Troy is indeed, as the Free Press says this morning, a city "on watch" for failure, well, perhaps Mr. Howrylak needs to start doing his homework before the meetings and stop wasting time finding out what he doesn't know *live* for us all to see.
Anyway, here's an article from MLive -- more press laughing at us for not being able to keep out flipping library open.
Troy Library will close April 30, or Troy is your new Highland Park
Troy is not the first metro Detroit community to close its public library. Highland Park shuttered the McGregor Public Library in 2002.

But Troy, unlike Highland Park, is an affluent upper middle-class suburb. It’s not the kind of place where one expects budget shortfalls will close a library. 

Good municipalities spend property tax revenue on services that provide value to residents. That’s why the Grosse Pointes’ relatively high tax rates – in exchange for private waterfront parks, first-class schools and libraries – don’t hurt property values while Detroit’s relatively high tax rates – in exchange from broken ambulances and non-functioning street lights – are an anchor on the city’s real estate market.

It will be interesting to see if Troy’s property values are affected by the loss of this usually standard municipal service. Troy’s millage rates slightly higher than Bloomfield and Birmingham, so the library closure probably won’t yield any significant competitive advantage on taxes.

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