Daily Herald reports:
When the Aurora Public Library gained approval in April of $30 million in city bond funding to finance a new main library, satellite locations and technology improvements, library board members promised all grant money they receive would be used to pay back the city and lessen the tax burden on residents.Now, as the library becomes eligible for $10.8 million in state grants (at taxpayer expense), all of that will go to reducing the taxpayer burden and debt, right?
The library will instead divert about $3.2 million of new money into new spending.
So, what happened to the promise?
Sources at the library say when they made the promise, they didn't really expect any grants to materialize, but now that they could have some, why waste it on reducing the extra burden on taxpayers when they can spend more?
The entire project has been done backwards. Instead of seeking grants and private sources first, then determining the needs and future use and then coming to taxpayers to justify the need for any tax increase, the library asked for the tax increase first with figuring out the use and reducing the taxpayer burden later.
Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner, who placed his campaign supporters on the board, which has "coincidentally" awarded contracts to his other campaign supporters to design, build and furnish the $
Over $1.7 million has already been dumped into the pockets of Weisner's campaign cronies at Cordogan Clark for design, which "coincidentally" employs his son and also pays Alderman Rick Mervine, who was initially opposed to the project, but "coincidentally" now supports it.
Wild spending, taxpayer exploiting Finance Chairman Bob O'Connor, said using ALL grant money wasn't really a promise, but more just a "guideline."
Really Bob O'Connor, are you sure about that?
And you are the guy in charge of the finance committee that has rubber-stamped over TWO BILLION in wild spending by the Weisner regime?
Seems the resolution passed (see page 2 below) makes it pretty clear that ALL funds would be used to offset the taxpayer's burden.
Aurora Public Library $30 Million Tax Increase Resolution
Next Tuesday, the Aurora City Council will vote on whether to approve the latest scheme and broken promise or to protect taxpayers.
The library's anti-taxpayer spokesgirl, Amy F. Roth, could not be reached for comment.
Due to overwhelming anger from taxpayers, the vote by Aurora City Council has been postponed for two weeks while Weisner and his cronies scramble to figure out how to carry out the scheme.