Jane Jannarone backtracked, and Lou suggested that we raise taxes to save the county library.
“I cannot vote for a budget that eliminates our library,” said Freeholder Louis Magazzu. Magazzu was the first to comment and was met with applause.
Each city has a library. The county college has a library. It is past time to insist that these separate entities all cooperate, and consolidate. The idea has been raised on more than one occasion to use the college library as the county headquarters, and save quite a bit of money.
But Jannarone and Dunkins, up for re-election this year, are going to kowtow to a small but vocal group of people that refuse to consider any other option. With the county facing a $10 million deficit next year, difficult decisions must be made. Jane and Dunkins are rpoving they are unable to make those difficult decisions.
And King Lou. Louie, Louie. Let’s raise taxes! Of course, that is what Lou Magazzu does EVERY YEAR that he is not running for election. No surprise there. He knows a tax increase this year will be forgotten by the time he is up for re-election – if he decides to run. He also knows that closing the county library will not be forgotten so quickly. Hence, his pandering, and refusal to consider options that would actually save the county money.