Instead of "N," why not private fundraising?
Original post made by GMC, Midtown, on Sep 18, 2008
According to the website "zillow.com," many of my neighbors who have "yes on N" signs pay HALF of what what I pay in property taxes, yet use the library as much as I do. Many people's salaries have not increased at the same rate as home prices, and we are paying a much greater share of our incomes to afford to live here and send our kids to school here. Please don't punish us.
I will be voting "no" on "N." and I encourage others to do the same. We all need to have some perspective here - we have libraries in Palo Alto. We will continue to have libraries here without N. The Children's library is very nice. In a perfect world, I would love to have the kind of state-of-the-art facilities that N proposes. Watch the news, look at your stock portfolios, your retirement accounts and your home values and you will realize that we do not live in that perfect world, and this is not the time to embark on such an overly ambitious plan.
If you have the extra money, by all means give and give generously. I bet you can accomplish a lot. You have my support.