Letters to the Editor

City administration should protect its valuable resources

As past chairman of the Library Advisory Board, I agree wholeheartedly with the March 12, 2012, letter to the editor, "City should not lose control of its public library."

Over the past two years, the city mayor and her administration along with City Council, have failed to follow their own rules, their own resolution to have an open and full review of all funding options available for the city library. Instead, they want to rid themselves of the responsibilities of the library and are fixated on annexation that will allow King County to increase the taxes on all Enumclaw citizens.

The city’s proposal to annex the library to King County Library System has been railroaded through with no consideration of less-costly alternative funding options. Since the city initially had no idea of how annexation would work or its effect on the library, the Library Advisory Board made honest efforts to fully investigate the pros and cons. At the request of the city administrator, the board provided the city with a detailed list of questions and concerns. After months of not receiving a response from the city administrator, I personally handed the same list to the mayor Dec 20, 2010, and the Library Board still has never had a response.

This administration and council have been unwilling to take the responsibility for which they have been elected – to govern our city’s assets, not to outsource at every opportunity. They simply want nothing more to do with a city-operated library, and their threats that the only other option is to close the library are just that – threats.

"Save Our Library" means a no vote on annexation of the library to KCLS. Let’s put the responsibility back onto the City Council.

Fred Fleischmann

Enumclaw

 

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