By: Diane Benjamin
I attended the Atlanta Public Library Board meeting last night. One thing is clear, the Board needs replaced and every vestige of Bill Thomas needs eliminated.
Keep in mind, the crowd opposing this board stopped them from paying Bill Thomas (BOARD MEMBER) $200,000 for Union Hall. The have every right to watch very nickel this board receives and spends. The Board has proven themselves to be less than good stewards of taxpayer money. That stopped payment is far from the only malfeasance by the library board. If you don’t know, Thomas donated the building to the library likely to avoid possible prosecution.
Supposedly the renovations at Union Hall are being paid for with a grant from the Woods Foundation – $25,000. Where is that money? Where was it reported to the public? Is it in yet another bank account? The Library Board doesn’t seem to understand that all money they receive belongs to the citizens, not them. Think the citizens don’t have a right to be suspicious when information isn’t provided?
A rental agreement was created months ago with the operators of the Palms Grill after extreme funny business was going on with the books. I’m shocked the rent they pay the library is a measly $300 a month. I hear library funds end up going back to the Grill, more on that at some point.
Bill Thomas’s name is still on the library credit card even though he has been off the board for many months and citizens have been asking for months that it be removed.
Multiple bank accounts are still open in the library’s name, they only report on the main account at meetings. Board President Randy Brooks claimed months ago he didn’t know about all of the accounts created by Bill Thomas and said they would be closed. I believe the watchdogs found 8 or 9 accounts. Maybe the $25,000 grant is in one of them. Citizens will find out.
Rachel Neisler, Bill Thomas’s daughter, made a point of showing me two books I wrote about earlier. https://blnnews.com/2018/09/13/is-this-a-case-of-credit-card-fraud-theft-at-atlanta-public-library-district/
Rachel claims they aren’t in the card catalog because they are coffee-table books that can’t be checked out. The only way you can see them is at the library. These are the books purchased with her mom’s Amazon account. That raises a number of questions:
- Why can’t coffee-table books be checked out?
- Why doesn’t the library have an Amazon account?
- Was Sales Tax paid on books that should be tax exempt because a government card wasn’t used? Let’s check: Chris’s books
See why the watchdogs job isn’t done?
A police officer stood at the back during the meeting. A board member I talked to claimed they didn’t call him. There is always a crowd at these meetings because of this board’s past actions. The board is terrified of the mostly senior citizens who just want laws followed and shenanigans at taxpayer expense ended.
Voting in a whole new Board looks like the only way to make that happen.