Fulton County officials are about to test residents’ commitment to libraries with a proposal to raise property taxes to pay for a huge building program. Depending on the final numbers, Fulton residents could be asked to raise taxes as much as 0.4 mills to pay for bonds for a program likely to cost more than $350 million. County commissioner Robb Pitts said he thinks residents are ready for a world class library system and are willing to pay for it. “Libraries are catalysts for economic development,” Pitts said. “They are gathering places. When was our last bond issue [for libraries]? Thirty years ago. We won’t have this opportunity again. I think the people will approve it.”
Libraries are catalysts for economic development? That may be, but I thought that lower taxes were a greater economic catalyst for bringing people and business into a community. Yes, I’m sure I read that somewhere.
I think that the last time Robb Pitts had (1) a genuinely pro-economy position and (2) felt he didn’t need to hold any elected office available was about the same time as the last bond issue on libraries.