At the July 9th city council meeting, Councilman Dane Slater boldly spoke up to Mayor Janice Daniels’s claim that she is responsible for opening the library on Saturdays.
He reminded her that she voted AGAINST that resolution.
Twice she rudely interrupted him to say that was a distortion. Twice he repeated, “No, that was your VOTE.”
So to make sure we all know the difference between reality and distortion, let’s take a short history lesson.
In the 2010 budget sessions, options were presented to the City Council in which they could choose to run a fiscally responsible city that may or may not have included quality-of-life venues. Those venues in question were the library, nature center, historical museum and community center. Three of those venues had possibilities to be self-funded via user fees and/or memberships. One did not – the library – and was quickly supported by its charitable entity, The Friends of the TPL whose CITIZEN MEMBERS began a campaign to request a millage to save it.
The council majority knew of the terrible decline in revenue already being experienced so far and that was predicted into the future. They listened to the outcry of residents to save their vital services like police, fire and streets/drains/waters, etc., first and foremost. The council had to prioritize city services thusly.
City Council voted FOR THE BUDGET that was the most responsible choice for the future of the city and the safety of the residents.
City Council did NOT vote to close the library. They made a difficult choice to vote in a workable budget for the benefit of ALL the residents.
Is that difference clear to you?
And then came Janice Daniels and company. Ignoring the big picture, she fought viciously and loudly for residents to vote down any and all ballot measures that would allow an influx of revenue to bolster a sagging budget. She was one of many vilifying the council for "voting to close the library." That was a clear and inaccurate distortion.
Janice Daniels fought against saving quality-of-life venues like the library. I haven't seen her voting record, but I can bet JANICE DANIELS VOTED TO CLOSE THE LIBRARY.
Janice Daniels is NO FRIEND TO THE LIBRARY or to the city budget.
In fact, Janice Daniels DOESN’T EVEN UNDERSTAND how municipal budgeting works. (Watch the budget study sessions; it’s embarrassing – no, appalling -- how ignorant she appeared.)
Janice Daniels has distorted the decisions of the previous council members hundreds of times for her own political gain. And now she is distorting her own actions. When Daniels brought forth a resolution to open the library seven days a week, it was shot down by council members smarter than her who knew we couldn’t afford that, and a revised resolution was submitted for Saturday hours AT ADDITIONAL EXPENSE beyond what is provided by the reasonable .7 mill revenue.
Then it came up for vote.
Janice Daniels VOTED NO AGAINST OPENING THE LIBRARY ON SATURDAYS.
She voted AGAINST HER OWN RESOLUTION.
Now, she will tell you it’s because she wanted seven day service, and anything less than that was unsavory.
The fact remains that she VOTED AGAINST SATURDAY SERVICE.
Yet she takes CREDIT for Saturday service.
Distortion: anything Janice Daniels says she’s done for the greater good of Troy.
Recall Janice Daniels