ATLANTA, IL. (ECWd) -
During the Atlanta Public Library District's special meeting on August 24, 2017, the board chairman read a petition signed by registered voters of the library district.
It was a petition, signed by the voters, to place the Library Building and Maintenance Tax question on the ballot.
"In response to the petition" the board accepted a motion and second to vacate the ordinance related to the tax. Motion passed with unanimous vote of the board.
"Trustee" William Thomas, for the second time this month, found other things more important to do than attend a board meeting, and there is still a vacancy more than 5 months old that they are REQUIRED by law to immediately fill.
Petition submitted - board vacated ordinance to avoid the question going to the ballot.
Petition signers accomplished what they wanted to accomplish.
Former Library Trustee Anne Hieronymos' Facebook post stating "nothing came of the petitions" is ridiculous. The board responded to the petition by vacating the tax ordinance. The library could have taken it to the voters, but I suspect they thought it would be voted down. We thank those residents who took the initiative to collect the signatures, which forced the board's hand.
Watch the petition reading and the board's response below: