This holiday season, as you bustle around town looking for the perfect gifts,
consider giving a gift for your community, a gift that could mean a place for
the arts, for gathering and creating a real community, a gift that costs
nothing and takes just a moment to give.
The gift of your signature.
Your petition signature will help allow a simple non-binding referendum to be placed on the April ballot, asking whether or not the community would support a bond issue to fund the work necessary to open the Brainerd doors. You signature is not a commitment, but merely a means to get the referendum on the ballot.
Yes, this is a tax issue, but the referendum itself will not raise your taxes. It’s
merely a way of taking the pulse of the community on the Brainerd issue, in the
most basic of democratic ways. Of course, SHOULD the referendum pass, and
SHOULD the village government so decide to act on it, tax money would be used.
But before you scream “no more taxes,” keep in mind this is not a forever tax, and the amount to be raised has been averaged to come out to around $50 for a $400,000 home for ten years.
Now consider the benefits you would get for that $50: an arts and education center that would be a home for local theater groups to rehearse and perform, a site for classes and lectures, a welcoming space for all. Many local groups have
already expressed the desire to rent space in the building—note that word,
“RENT.” The plan is for the building to become financially self-sustaining,
taking it off the tax rolls. Plus, the area would have a convenient, safe place
for people to meet, for children and adults and seniors to enjoy various
activities in an atmosphere that fosters true community spirit.
You can find petitions to sign at many local businesses, including Cigars and More, Wine and Spirit Warehouse, Sandi's Florist, Wisma, How Impressive!, Libertyville Music, and the Libertyville Civic Center. Whether you are for the Brainerd renovation or not, your signature allows you a voice in the topic and shows your confidence in the democratic process.