Jim used to be cool too:
I support libraries, and would gladly vote for a levy lid lift to support local libraries, but I oppose this measure.
The reason is very simple: Thurston County pays over half of the tax revenue into Timberland Regional Library, but our libraries receive only about one-third of the financial support from Timberland that goes to the total library system. While TRL pays for both the library BUILDINGS and the books and staff in the rural areas, it does NOT pay for new library buildings in the urban areas.
Basically, it's (another) subsidy of rural communities and irresponsible land use policies, with urban area residents subsidizing rural areas.
So, basically we cut off poor kids and families from rural areas because we can't get behind the land use decisions of their county commissions?
I don't know what palatial rural libraries Jim is talking about, but the Salkum library (for example) isn't great shakes. Calling it a mini-library would be giving it too much credit.
This is the kind of rural library that Jim is railing against.
Governance is one thing, but hurting people that need library services isn't going to move us down the road of improving the library district. Let's be honest about this and talk about changing the governance of the system once we win on February 3.