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Younger Voices Speak Out in Favor of Brainerd Referendum

The last public meeting on the topic saw more younger residents speak in favor of the proposed renovations to the historic Libertyville building.

The last of three town hall meetings to discuss the $11.5-million Brainerd referendum on Thursday drew more speakers in favor of the proposal, particularly younger residents, according to an article in the Libertyville Review.

The crowd of a couple hundred appeared more evenly split in their opinions than the earlier two meetings, where those objecting to the proposal dominated, the article says. While some residents spoke out against the referendum saying they were worried about rising taxes, younger residents said it was a worthy initiative that would draw people to town and showcase the downtown district.

You can read the full Libertyville Review article here.

Do you have an opinion on the referendum? Write a letter to the editor by going here.

Martina Golden March 10, 2014 at 09:01 PM
I love the argument it's only a matter of a few dollars a day, less than a mocca frappa whatever from Starbucks. Check your phone and electric bill. You are paying around $300 a year in village surtaxes. Just got the village sticker bill. Another $90. Once a BCC is up and running, there will be operating shortfalls. Then there will be the throw good money after bad, bail the bumbling fools out tax increase. Of course it will only be a few dollars a day. It's for the kids! One of these days the spare change in the bottomless pockets will run out.
BLT March 11, 2014 at 12:01 AM
Margaret and Martina are right. Joe is living in "La-La Land". Never mind the consequences, never mind the tax impacts on the next generation, forget that there is no responsibility to the operators of the facility to meet the commitments of the weak business plan (the taxpayers will be forced to pay the difference), never mind that the costs are understated and the revenues are overstated, never mind that the school district's plans for the property will actually benefit more students, never mind that the taxpayers are being forced to pay the rent that the committee couldn't cover, never mind that the facility won't do anything quite right, never mind that in the very remote chance that if the facility ever makes money, that money won't ever be used to help pay down the debt burden forced on the taxpayers, never mind the upcoming tax burdens that will be required to keep the state from insolvency... Let's all fantasize that the sky is always blue and it will never snow again. Enough already!
Margaret McCarthy March 11, 2014 at 09:46 AM
Bravo, BLT!
Mick Garrison March 11, 2014 at 10:32 AM
No one seems to mention that even if the referendum is passed, the Village Board is not obligated to move forward on the project. Mayor Weppler made this very clear in each of the town all meetings. If the referendum passes, the Village Board would do its' due diligence. There are so many "ifs" that could be answered. My earlier comment about consolidating Village venues, moving those activities to the Brianerd Center and selling some of those properties deserves to be considered. A thorough review of building usage might yield some savings for the Village and help in future planning. Any comments?
BLT March 11, 2014 at 10:42 AM
This issue should never have been made a referendum to begin with, given not only the weakness of the revenue and cost numbers, lack of any contractual commitments, but also that the signatures obtained to request the referendum were a year ago, thinking the project would cost a fourth of where it is today. Do we think that after not acting to stop a referendum, the board will refuse to go forward with the project if this passes? Not likely.

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