Election Day is Tuesday, November 8, and there’s an important initiative up for voters to consider. Councilman Patrick Dowd has been talking about Our Library, Our Future at Council to Go meetings for months now. The initiative was actually born when he asked a question at a Polish Hill Council to Go meeting last year: “Would you pay slightly higher taxes to help support the Carnegie Library system?” Residents at the meeting said, “Yes, we would be happy to do that”.
Residents across the area responded in similar fashion. Particularly in difficult economic times, people see the library as an essential service and support system. Not only is it a place to get books, magazines, music, movies and more; it’s a resource for job seekers, a place where you can use a computer, get assistance and find information on any topic imaginable, and a place with a wide variety of programs for adults and kids.
The tax increase would be tiny –someone whose house was worth $50,000, would pay about $12 more a year. This seems pretty reasonable for a system that produces tangible benefits to residents (and provides jobs as well). Please consider supporting the library initiative. And no matter whether you decide to support the library, we hope you get out on Election Day and vote — it’s more important now than ever.
For those new residents who haven’t voted here before: Polish Hill’s polling place is in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church Rosary Hall. Enter via the door next to the church yard, on Brereton Street.