Abraham letter was objective in addressing millage proposals

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To the Editor,

I want to thank Mr. Abraham for the objective facts he presented last week concerning the TDL finances.

Back in 2003 the initial 1.25 millage request for TDL was defeated and a subsequent millage request of 1.15 mills was approved by the voters. The revenue from that millage has generated $6.6 million in operating revenue in the last 10 years.

During that time I believe the TDL board has done an admirable job in their stewardship of the library. Much needed improvements were made to the library in 2010 and the millage in part paid for that $800K improvement.

I voted for the current TDL millage in 2003 and I have subjectively decided that I will vote for Prop 1 for the renewal the existing TDL millage which has generated average yearly revenue of $660,000. If I were being objective I might say the library doesn’t need the full renewal that is Prop 1 but they will spend the $2.2 million they have sitting in the bank investments as noted in Mr. Abraham’s letter.

Objectively, I cannot vote for Prop 2 which is asking for an additional 0.2 mills which would generate additional revenue of $111,000 per year when the library already has $2.2 million in cash and investments. I urge that all who vote to please use at least as much objectivity in their decision as they would in any financial decision they make in their own life.

Shawn McBurney

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