We have been researching Morley Library’s tax levy that is on the November ballot. Without ANYONE in county government reviewing their financial statements and certifying that there is a financial need, it is up to the taxpayers to “pull back the curtain”.
This is not a criticism of Lake County officials, but rather of our whole system. We are left to the decisions made by the respective Board of Directors to determine if there is a financial need. So taxpayers are left to “trust” that the respective Board of Directors are operating in the best interest of the taxpayers – that is a non-starter for Lobbyists For Citizens. Many directors are not financially savvy and rely on the stronger, individuals, well connected in the community to other Boards, to chart the course for the library. We see a connection with the library’s request for a “continuous levy”, and individuals on their board. Let us just leave it at that for now.
We sent the following email to Ms. Aurora Martinez, Executive Director of Morley Library. We will let you know her response.