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November 3, 2012

Library clash in overdrive


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Sanders said she couldn’t guarantee she wouldn’t turn the petition in, but she and those petition supporters with her agreed to meet with Somerset City Attorney Carrie Wiese — who was at the meeting as a private citizen — to work on a different solution. 
 “If I can work with you and figure out another way that would satisfy your all’s needs and keep our library and not file the petition ... would you consider doing that?” Carrie asked, although she later emphasized that she would not help the group “destroy the library.”
That solution? To change the law at the state level in an effort to provide more oversight by county entities over the taxing districts. 
“We built a great library system ...,” said Onkst. “That’s set up in state law. If the petition goes through, that law’s not going to change. 
“If you do want to change the law, there’s a way to do that, through the legislative process,” Onkst continued, “but I think that would be a serious mistake because we want to keep our libraries owned by the citizens who use them and governed by citizen representatives on the board, not political people.” 

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