City Council abdicated responsibility | Letter to the editor
July 23, 2012 · Updated 3:56 PM
We elect people to make decisions that protect our interest today and into the future. The council abdicated its responsibility by taking the library location issue to the voters for a popular vote; the decision was formed by emotions and miss information rather than real data and a long time vision for our city.
Taxpayers have paid a good deal of money to rebuild our downtown and now we have three council members who have abandoned their commitment to revitalizing our city because of a little push back from a small group of people.
The group trying to "save" the Cedar River building started the whole ballot measure over concerns RE: cost. At the very next meeting they argued to NOT have the costs put on the ballot. Disingenuous. Brilliant.
The group trying to "save" the Cedar River building argues the old single library is bigger and this is now the most important factor. They fail to mention there are TWO new libraries being built to meet the needs of Renton citizens and together there is no lack of floor space between the two.
Renton has already voted. We're now wasting time and money on a circular boondoggle of misinformation from a small group that conveniently leaves out many important facts - what's worse they plant blatant lies such as the Cedar River building will be destroyed or sold. It's been stated time and time again this building is owned outright by the city and will be purposed for the use of citizens well into the future.
Where is the leadership from our City Council? They have the ability to loudly and firmly correct this misinformation.