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Friday, March 22, 2013

Hoping We're Not Paying Attention...

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 adequately.

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.


  1. So frustrating. I still can't believe the people of Troy voted him in as State Rep. His answer is to make it more difficult for Democracy to occur? His proposal should be to take people to task when they commit election fraud, which is exactly what the three people who put the proposals on the ballot did. It should be illegal. And the clerk responsible should be held accountable for identifying such instances. That would have been Ruth Johnson. Oh, but wait. Ruth is friends with Bob Gosselin. Right? You're write we should email him. But I don't think Howrylak cares what we think. He doesn't.

  2. Why does Howrylak so hate our library?