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‘Save Brainerd’ Sign Drawn Into Referendum Debate

A sign on the Brainerd building promoting the Save Brainerd organization’s website has angered opponents of the referendum to rehab the building.

The question of whether to renovate the historic Brainerd building has been a hot topic in Libertyville for some time with pro and con groups creating websites in support of their stance.

Now, those dueling websites are fighting for space outside of the virtual world — on the façade of the building itself.

A banner for SaveBrainerd.org has been affixed to the front of the building for at least a year. And this week the rival ItsaNOBrainerd.com asked for its own sign on the façade, according to an article in the Daily Herald.

Village Attorney David Pardys said at the Village Board meeting Tuesday that the board doesn’t control the property rights to the building and thus can’t allow for another sign, the article states.

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. 

You can read the full Daily Herald story here.

L A Schart February 19, 2014 at 09:25 PM
If the Save Brainderd committee is a federally- and state-recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, how are they allowed to support a political campaign? Specifically: http://nonprofit.about.com/od/nonprofitbasics/a/loseexempt.htm #ItsaNOBrainderd
joe bean February 20, 2014 at 08:03 AM
An excellent question -- and one that the Brainerd Community Center, Inc., should answer sooner than later.

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