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How Should Libertyville Residents Vote on the Brainerd Question?

The referendum is only a couple weeks away.

Libertyville residents, you have two more weeks to decide how you feel about the proposal to renovate the historic Brainerd building. 

On March 18, residents will get to formally cast their votes in a referendum that could result in the issuance of $11.5 million in bonds—and a 21.84 percent increase in the village's tax rate—to renovate the Brainerd building. Monday's meeting was a way to educate people about the proposal and for the village board, which is not taking an official stance on the referendum, to hear residents' opinions.

Patch readers have been sharing their opinions here and we've started this section for letters to the editor. The Libertyville Review has a collection of letters to the editor that you can read here. 

Do you feel strongly about the referendum? Please share a letter to the editor to voice your opinion and share information with your neighbors by posting in our special section here.
gary schlesinger March 05, 2014 at 01:53 PM
the library was paid for with funds that the library had, not bonds. that is a huge difference. the library had under state law the power to build another building. it was already renting one in vernon hills. this is in no way analogous. the brainerd building is owned by the school district and leased by some entity that wants to renovate it at public expense. completely different situation. the school dist. could renovate it and rent it out if it wanted but it does not want to.
Margaret McCarthy March 05, 2014 at 02:12 PM
The library sequested maintenance money (hence the roof rot and pathetic condition of the carpeting, bathrooms) as the basis for issuing bonds for construction of the two new facilities. But, this is off-topic. Our problem is that the taxing bodies are all busy bonding us into a chronic debt situation. We don't need another set of bonds and potential subsidy for renovation of a building for which there is no demand. Let Dist. 128 have it back, tear it down, and let's spare ourselves and future residents a huge headache.
joe bean March 05, 2014 at 02:19 PM
As usual, and as expected, I should say, Ms. McCarthy gets right to the right point. Looks like it's sparing future residents a huge headache or laying in a ten year supply of advil.
Vera Pergl-Butkovich March 05, 2014 at 03:29 PM
this was just put on the Village web sight Brainerd Referendum Mailing Clarification Mayor Weppler has received concerns from residents about the mailing that was sent from the Save Brainerd group. Please be advised that while the group utilized the Village Hall address, the mailing was not paid for by the Village or endorsed in any way.
Sean G. March 09, 2014 at 11:14 PM
No.

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