And speaking of misinformation regarding the library...remember Proposal 1, the citizen initiated attempt to fund an independent library?
Many of us knew that then-Councilman Howrylak was aware of the 'fake' ballot proposals, yet did not disavow those fraudulent attempts to stand in the way of democracy. He himself then sent out a VERY misleading letter with inaccurate and misleading information regarding the formation of an independent library.
NEVER did he meet with Cathy Russ to get the information straight. NEVER did he meet with the REAL Friends of the TPL to get the information straight. And now?? Now, as a State Rep., he's trying once again to interfere with the library and the will of Troy voters.
From Rhonda Hendrickson...
Our new State Rep. Howrylak, is currently in Lansing and Troy trying to
get support and a co-sponsor to change the PA 164 library bill (that was
used for Prop 1) to make it harder to get a petition on the ballot for
libraries across the state. It would have terrible repercussions for
small communities across Michigan.
He is arguing of course that this
is meant to stop fake ballots proposals. But his bill is asking for more
signatures than it would take to get your name on a ballot for US
Congress. He thinks that it should be harder to change laws (especially
ones he doesn't like). This from the man that changed our city charter
and put this city into a tremendously damaging headlock when he made it
impossible for our city council to make decisions about funding our city
Most libraries across Michigan are already PA 164 or
district libraries. There are few that are city departments like the
Troy Public Library. So, why is he doing this on a statewide basis?
Because this is about Troy. He is teeing this topic up for the 2016
millage renewal to come.
It is his intent and those who support him (and
we know who they are now) to force the city to reabsorb the library
budget into the city general fund and do away with the millage. There is
groundwork being laid here and while everyone that fought to save the
library isn't looking and enjoying the library, there are efforts to go
back in time on this issue.
Why doesn't Rep. Howrylak just write a
bill that makes it illegal to put fake proposals on a ballot? That would
be a more wide-ranging bill covering many issues. Because that doesn't
advance his personal agenda. It doesn't undo the thing he is mad
happened and something the majority of Troy voters support. Plus, that
is a tactic that has proven affective for his backers.
The library is
operating well under the current millage, administration and monies. As
Cathy Russ said in the special council meeting with the current
staffing and money they are "running in place" but not getting much
ahead. Remember that the voters approved a .7 mils, 6-day library
millage. Going back under the umbrella of the general fund would pit the
library against police, roads, infrastructure and name a thousand other
categories for funding. While the city may have gotten some concessions
from contracts this year, once again it is a one and done event. Can
you say SUSTAINABLE and reliable funding for the library over time? That
is what our millage accomplishes.
So, library lovers and warriors,
keep your eyes on Rep. Howrylak, he is moving stealthily around Lansing
and Troy trying to make it harder to save our library in the near
future. He waxes poetic on his Congressional website about transparency,
and yet when I emailed him a month ago asking for any and all
information regarding this bill he is working on... well, I am still
waiting for a response. So, he is about as transparent as ink.
Email him, go to his office hours. Tell him to stop playing political games with our library.
Enough is enough.