Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Jennie Cisna Mills, director of Shorewood-Troy Library, doesn't like throwing away books. But she said the library has to get rid of old books to make room for new ones because its shelves are full.
Shorewood-Troy Library director Jennie Cisna Mills has been meeting with residents every Saturday to answer their questions about the proposal to build a new $21 million library. The question will be put to voters in an April 9 referendum. If the referendum passes, it is estimated the average Shorewood-area homeowner will pay $19-$26 more a month in taxes. For Cisna Mills, the answer is simple to the question of, "Why a new library?" She says the library is out of space. Parking is limited. And, when the library buys a new book, it must dispose of an old one to make room on its shelves.
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Take our poll below and tell us whether you think a tax increase for the most wealthy or spending cuts to social service programs is the way to go.
A crisis is looming if the federal government cannot resolve the so-called "fiscal cliff" dilemma by Dec. 31. In a simplified nutshell, that means that a long-term, bipartisan budget reduction plan must be agreed upon by the president and Congress or two things will be triggered: all of the tax cuts put into effect during the George W. Bush administration will expire and $1.2 million in mandatory spending cuts will start kicking in. President Obama and the Democrats want taxes to increase for those who make the most money, which Republicans oppose. The Republicans want to see spending cuts, and favor reducing money earmarked for many social service programs, which Democrats oppose. So, which side of the coin do you fall on? Take our poll …