By: Diane Benjamin
The ONLY reason the Atlanta Public Library is no longer paying Bill Thomas $1000 per month for leasing his building is because citizens stood up and demanded answers!
Bill wanted to sell his building to the library for $200,000. It is not assessed for tax purposes anywhere near that.
From the June minutes: (available here: http://www.atlantapld.org/board-of-trustees/)
From the July minutes:
Surprise! There’s the $20,000 grant that most likely went into Bill’s pocket since the library was supposedly buying the building he donated last night. Time will reveal where that money went.
If many citizens had not attended meetings, asked for my help and the help of the Edgar County Watchdogs, the library would have taken out a bank loan at their expense to buy the building.
Three cheers for the citizens who refused to be bullied! Don’t sit back now, it’s not over. Many other investigations are ongoing, prosecutions are probable.
The long time Board members need to immediately resign and start telling law enforcement what they know.
The Watchdogs have written much more on the Union Hall project. See one of their stories here: http://edgarcountywatchdogs.com/2017/08/atlanta-public-library-inked-200000-union-hall-installment-purchase-contract-in-dec-2014/
All the residents of Atlanta who weren’t involved need to give the citizens that fought back a standing ovation! This group rescued your wallet!