I don't understand how people who aspire to public office can keep re-writing reality to suit them...and yet they do.
This today from Dave Henderson:
How many library engagement sessions did you attend this past summer? I attended 3-4 at least, I believe...I've lost count. I know that I never saw Mr. Henderson at one.
But I saw Cathy Russ every single time...and once or twice Philip Kwik was in attendance -- he's the head of Adult Services at the library.
At NO TIME was either Ms. Russ or Mr. Kwik " very confident... we would have restored convenient hours for our library if we passed that tax hike" as Mr. Henderson is trying to say. In fact, the ONLY thing they would ever say about restored hours of any kind was that they WOULD NOT DO ANYTHING like that unless they were sure it could be sustained in the long term.
The LAST THING they wanted was to ramp up hours again only to have to take them away when revenues dropped.
Which leads me to Mr. Henderson's next lie: He says that "in the library millage promo sessions that I attended, the budget was to be over $ 3 million a year if we passed a .7 mil increase."
Um...no. And Mr. Henderson knows that not only was the BUDGET not to have been over $3 million a year, the millage would not take in over $3 million a year EXCEPT for the very first year. Projections the city uses -- which have been over 90%+ accurate the last decade or longer -- show that the millage will garner $3.1 million this year, and then DROP as our property values city -wide continue to drop.
Remember...no matter what a real estate agent wants to say about how many homes he/she is selling...PROPERTY VALUES have not come up, no are they expected to do so overall throughout the city for years to come. Residential values may see a slight perk-up...but commercial/industrial is still dropping sharply. Think about how many commercial/industrial buildings Troy has...think how many are vacant...that's not going to change overnight.
But I digress...back to the library budget...so, we're going to get about $3.1 million dedicated dollars for the library this year, then dip below that for the next 2-3 years running. The plan WAS NOW and ALWAYS HAS BEEN to maintain the budget we have now -- $2.7 million, give or take. Ms. Russ would attempt to replace some much-needed staff. "Surplus" funds would be used to make a ONE-TIME purchase of self check-out machines to ease staffing burdens, increase acquisitions purchasing so the library had new materials now that it was staying open, and to re-up several subscriptions for databases, MELCAT, etc. If there was money left over after that, it could possibly go to start a "savings account" -- in laymen's terms -- for future years when revenues fell short to maintain the mid-level service we had.
I heard that over and over and over...I heard it in public in engagement sessions, I heard it from Cathy Russ in the library, I heard it from Cathy Russ outside of the library, I heard it from city administration, I heard it from Philip Kwik.
EVERYONE ASSOCIATED WITH THE LIBRARY and the CITY said these things on record OVER AND OVER AND OVER.
But MR. HENDERSON heard something different? And he is to be believed because he wants to be on city council?
I think not.
He who always talks about this "moving target" of a budget might be right...it's moving...IN HIS OWN MIND.
Reminds me of a good joke with many iterations: how do you know when a city council candidate supported by TCU is lying?
Except in this case? The answer is, "WHEN ISN'T HE?"