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Walla Walla does a good job of patting itself on the back and working hard to make others look bad. It does a good job in the downtown area and supporting the wine people. But it is way to dependent to be so snobby. Whitman and WWCC are good examples of things that work well. The city not so much. They have ignored streets, and many services for the public. They haven't gotten the word out when additional funds are needed. They haven't polled the public to find out what they want. The pool issue just went down. If a poll had been taken, I believe they would have found people would have supported a regular pool or fixing up Memorial. (Not sure that was feasible), but that wasn't addressed that I recall. Why is the city letting a very few very vocal people tell them what to do with the county money? Because it is the county funds and the city is lacking. The city needs to quit relying on others to provide for it.
They LUC group talks annexation. This means the city loses control of it's own library. The city cannot be in charge, by law. The county is the larger entity and responsible for the biggest area. If they were to annex, the taxpayers would need to vote first. There is no time to get it on a ballot, which also costs money. Perhaps that would be a good job for the LUC group. Work toward raising funds for annexation and awareness. By the time people are well enough informed and the issue is on the ballot it will be most likely over a year in the making. In that ballot they will somehow figure out how the city will provide funds to the county. This means a vote for additional taxation from city patrons. We all know how well we all like to be taxed, but if they want to join, they need to share equally with what county people pay.
In the mean time, Plaza Library will have the ability to provide all the materials and quality staff to the rural patrons until a full service library with administration, cataloging, and other services is built. Right now the RLD is leasing two places in town and have paid the WWPL for some services. It only makes sense that the RLD should own their own building and then talk about anexation. The WWPL would still be in use for city patrons, but rural library patrons would be able have a forward looking, state of the art facility to use. Libraries aren't just for books anymore.
I was having a problem with connecting the dots too.
Thank you for a wonderful letter of support!
The RLD already has a director, staff, cataloging, aquistitions, and administrative costs in place. The only thing they are missing is a building to do their business. The now have it divided between TWO places Jade Stree and Plaza. Nothing is duplicated that we don't already have EXCEPT an adequate building.
Thr RLD is not opposed to annexation. Just not at this time.
I suspect you may be mistaken about those who support the RLD. The truth is being told.
It's good to see level heads are out there. I suspect one of the issues is finding something in the "right" area and older buildings tend to have wiring, remodelling and other issues. I agree, if there was the right fit, it would be wonderful.
For the city to refuse to fund it's library adequately for over ten years is rediculous.
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