Just read Stu Wahlin’s article about who’s to blame for the library’s woes, and I feel he missed the mark by just a fraction. While Stu was right that there is plenty of blame to go around, he didn’t go far enough. One can look not only at the city officials, but I feel the county has contributed their fair share also. Fair share of what, you ask? People who have been in office too long and have forgotten what they are there for. Some time ago (to quote Ald. Nancy Johnson),
when things were good,
we decided to pay the library’s pension for them. While that seems like a
gesture, it takes away responsibility from a taxing body to provide for their own. It also gave them a
so now they could do more
things. No one had the foresight to see that one day, the well would run dry, and they would have to resume their responsibility.
[Rockford Public Library Community Relations Officer] Ms. [Emily] Hartzog states that they are not a stand-alone organization, and yet when it came to buying the Barnes & Noble building, they didn’t have to go through the council or ask the voters if they could pay more than market value for property that would be permanently removed from the tax rolls. Overpaying for property you used to get income from does not sound to me like good business, and yet the city bought you the bonds. That’s where they compounded their error.
Much earlier, the city allowed people to dip into the tax that was meant to run the MetroCentre, and now we are constantly having to bail them out. No, wait, they have assured us this is the last time they will ask for money.
So here’s what I’m saying: look at how long people have been on councils/boards. Now look at the state of the city/county. ARE THEY REALLY DOING THEIR JOB??? Some of the new people are really trying, but they have to butt heads with the
This is a daunting task at best, but I say to them:
DON’T GIVE UP, HELP IS ON THE WAY,
and it could come as early as Feb. 2nd. VOTE, VOTE VOTE!!!!!
Voting for Change
From the Jan. 20-26, 2010 issue