By: Diane Benjamin
Good News for most residents of Arrowsmith, Bloomington, Dale, Dawson, and Old Town Townships who are served by Golden Prairie Public Library District:
Your property taxes will not be going up if the Bloomington Library property tax increase is approved!
These township residents have full access to the Bloomington Public Library without paying the bond the library wants for expansion.
The Bad News is another vote will be coming by the Bloomington City Council on the library building program. More Good News: Citizens have a right to be heard December 6th – for or against:
A Public Hearing is required by State Law because the increase exceeds the legal limit to not hold a hearing.
It would have been nice if the tax hearing had been earlier, but the expansion is not a done deal yet.
Donna Boelen changed her vote after hearing from constituents: https://www.wglt.org/local-news/2021-11-29/bloomington-council-member-boelen-changes-course-on-library-expansion-after-public-pushback
If the 6 that voted Yes on the tax levy hear negative comments from their constituents, they might change their vote too. (Hint: the progressives won’t because they believe they know better than you)
This graphic shows a lot of what the library wants to accomplish:
If you read the WGLT story you would know Donna wants to know how much of the bond is actually building and how much is other spending. She would like to see private funds raised for that part.
The library claims they need to expand based on population growth, yet very little of the planned building pertains to books. The Library Board has changed the definition of a library with no proof people will utilize the facility. 9 Group Study Rooms? Who goes to the library as a group to study? College have their own facilities.
Is this a:
If we build it they will come?
The property tax increase will increase your property tax bill, it will increase rent too. With inflation raging, high energy prices that will go higher, why does the Council want to inflict higher costs on citizens now? Because interest rates are low?
Keep in mind the local radicals/communists/socialists are backing the expansion.