You haven’t seen my byline in LEO in a long time, but this week I worked with editor Cary Stemle to produce a little 3,000-word cover story on the library tax referendum. All those words, and we still didn’t get into all the odd subplots of a complex story.
My opinion is that the referendum, calling for an occupational tax that will raise $40 million a year and create a separate library taxing district, will not pass when voters go to the polls Nov. 6. Take a look at the story – I think it’s a pretty balanced look at both sides of the issue.
No one disputes the need for some financial help for the library system, but a lot of voters are against taxes – of any type. There have been just enough missteps made by the library supporters, along with a media-friendly bulldog firing up the anti-tax forces in Chris Thieneman, that will probably doom the tax. If that happens, we may get to see if Councilman Hal Heiner’s plan to move the Library Improvement Plan forward has the support of the Metro Council.
I’m working on some other ideas for LEO, including the return of the “Media” column. If you’ve got some ideas that need exploring by “Louisville’s Media Critic” send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
– Rick Redding