By: Diane Benjamin
The far left are the only voices being heard by the Council. Policy is therefore being run by them because few regular citizens bother to call in for public comment. There was another line of leftists that thought they would get a Welcoming Ordinance when that wasn’t what Donna Boelen’s initiative was. The Council did vote to move it forward with Jeff Crabill and Jenn Carrillo voting no because it doesn’t outlaw interaction with ICE.
Crabill’s initiative to stop utility shut offs also moved forward with some qualified support. Congrats to renters, you may soon be able to live free of rent and utilities forever. Meanwhile the apartment owners don’t have funds to pay the mortgage and utilities may have to charge everybody else more to make up for those that don’t pay for services. I think societies have a name for that type of government. Guess.
The library presentation starts at 27:00
The estimated cost:
I don’t remember hearing a word about increasing space for books. The new building will provide 3 meeting rooms that can be re-jigged to make one large meeting room that seats 300. More computer space will be available. A gaming area for kids will be included. They think changing the Olive street facade will connect the library to downtown:
Listen to the presentation because you will be paying for it. Pictures of the inside changes are included. The library will be completely rebuilt over an estimated 18 months. Detailed plans are up next, $750,000.
One note: They want to host traveling exhibits like dinosaurs. What is the Coliseum for? It isn’t being used for much else!
The rough estimate is the owner of a $165,000 house will pay $20 more a year.
Keep in mind that is in addition to the increases all other taxing bodies tac on your property tax bill.
One more note:
Nikita Richards got promoted to Community Relations Manager.