The Chapel Hill Town Council has put off a decision on whether to move ahead with the expansion of the Chapel Hill Public Library until December. But a recent e-mail exchange between Mayor Kevin Foy and a local citizen suggests a theme likely to come back when the council resumes it discussion.
In an Oct. 16 e-mail, Patsy Saylor criticizes the mayor for again bringing up the fact that 40 percent of those using the library are from outside Chapel Hill. The citizens of Chapel Hill voted for the expansion in 2003, Saylor notes. "The Friends [of the Library] have no ability to change the policy of what patrons are charged or not charged," she says.
Foy is concerned about the project's impact on the town's tax rate during the economic downtown. In his e-mail response, he says he's not going to back down, even though county officials have said they're not going to increase their contribution to the town's library.
"Chapel Hill taxpayers are being used by their fellow Orange County residents, mostly because we have been willing to sit still for it," Foy says. "I don't think we should, and I don't think you or other members of the Friends should continue to sit still for it. ... [W]e can't afford it."