Give credit to the Northwest Herald for publishing this Letter to the Editor from Crystal Lake Library expansion critic. It is published with author Steve Willson’s permission:
Did you know the CL Library bought six pieces of property for their fantasy library, the one the voters have turned down twice?
They paid almost $2 million for property that the assessor said was worth $1 million.
They paid over $220 a square foot for one property.
They paid $150,000 per unit for a four-flat at a time when condos were selling for as little as $67,000. And they bought one property after they lost the referendum!
What incredible gall!
We’ve also learned that the Library paid over $700,000 to their architect for a library that isn’t going to be built because the voters turned it down, the same architect that was the main contributor to the “Library Yes” campaign and that stood to make over $1 million if the referendum passed and a new library was built.
No conflict of interest there!
And where was the Crystal Lake City Council when this was happening? Asleep at the switch or complicit.
And where was the Northwest Herald in reporting this?
Missing in action.
There’s an election coming up next month.
If you stay home or you vote for the business-as-usual candidates, and I mean not only on the City Council but in school board elections and at McHenry County College, then you can expect higher property taxes and more government waste.