opinion: Library board have exhibited sound strategy in approach to bond proposal
The Ann Arbor community is privileged to have elected a library board that takes its responsibilities seriously. In responding to the wishes of library constituents, three accessible and functional branches were built without borrowing.
The board feels it is now time to replace the main downtown library. Carefully researched plans based on identified needs were developed in 2008 but set aside due to the economic downturn.
They also wisely feel that expensive architectural drawings should not be rendered until financing is assured. It is now 2012. The plans have been re-evaluated and affirmed by local experts.
Retrofitting and enlarging the existing building does not make construction or dollar sense. Our local economy has improved and stabilized. Low interest rates and available skilled labor make construction of this new community asset a sound strategic and economic decision for the benefit of greater Ann Arbor. We have waited long enough.
Join me in investing in an accessible, fully-functioning downtown library by voting yes on Nov. 6.