Regardless if the library moves or not, taxpayers will pay for refurbishing the building over the Cedar River. Note the allotted $20 Million total budget in the Big 5 expenditure statement (http://scr.bi/HeMUmI). Cost will be more or less a wash. So the question depends not on will the move save money or not, or develop business downtown, or appease KCLS. The voting question remains: Which location do voters believe best suited for a library? Cedar River or the Piazza?
For me, it makes better sense for a learning environment to overlap with parks and play especially for youth, families, and senior adults. The only caveat being voter choice (1) and questions of access (2).
Now that voters can finally contribute their two cents thanks to the Petition group, I encourage full disclosure on part of the city, including a response to KCLS spending tax dollars to fund a campaign mailer. On KCLS I recommend making positions elected instead of appointed. That agency lacks oversight. As for the city, I appreciate and will vote for city officials who respect voter choice and be transparent in how they opt to influence either campaign.
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Thanks for reading,
Dena Rosko, MA-ComL