From an August 7, 2017 Maple Leaf article: “County Library Board Authorizes Legal Action if Commissioners Delay Bond Issue Vote”
Commissioner Tim Lennon: “
“I can only speak for myself, but this was the first (Aug. 1 meeting) I had heard of the enormity of the proposed request,” Lennon said. “I had just seen the auditors certificate of estimated average annual property tax levy, declaring the issuing of bonds in the amount of $24,000,000 and retire the principal over 30 years. This levy will collect $1,400,000 per year, costing an additional $21,000,000 in interest, for a grand total $45,000,000.” Lennon said when the levy was explained to the commissioners in April, the library board implied the levy was nothing more than the cost of a hardbound book from Barnes & Noble — a 0.5-mill levy costing $15 per $100,000 of property value.
He also noted (Library Director Ed) Worso neglected to mention the two current 1.0-mill levies the library system is collecting, generating nearly $5 million annually.
Lennon added: “How does a $14.5 million library help the people of Chesterland? Chardon? Middlefield?” he asked, noting taxpayers in the Cardinal Schools district currently are paying on a levy for a library their community rallied around, but are now being asked to essentially pay for other communities as well.”
And, of course, it got on the ballot and the suckers in Geauga County voted for it. Why didn’t Bainbridge and Thompson pay for their own libraries if they need them?
So Geauga County ends up with two more White Elephants it didn’t want and the taxpayers didn’t need. We already have the embarrassingly huge foyer in the oversized Sheriff’s Department building. The county should rent it out for skating parties or bowling league tournaments.