Thanks for library bond support

To the editor:

I want to thank the voters of Fulton County for their overwhelming support of the $275 million library bond referendum Nov. 4.

Even during the toughest of economic times you rallied for the future and planned accordingly, just as you did with the 1988 bond referendum that created most of our current libraries. Then, as now, you reviewed the facility master plan, weighed the pros and cons, and decided to invest in the future for all citizens of Fulton County.

Of the 359,276 votes cast, 232,404 (64.69 percent) voted yes, and 126,872 (35.31 percent) voted no. The plan you approved precisely identifies where libraries are most needed and where cities are underserved and unserved. The core of the comprehensive master plan includes eight new branch libraries, two expanded libraries, 23 renovated libraries and $85 million to build a new Central Library, with remaining funds to come from the private sector.

Now that the vision has been defined and approved, we will focus on the crucial next steps of implementing the master plan. The county will continue to have open and direct communication with all stakeholders, especially regarding individual library projects in each community.

Again, thank you for your vision and commitment to education, literacy and lifelong learning in Fulton County.

Robert L. “Robb” Pitts, Dist. 2
Fulton County Board of Commissioners

State of city ‘discouraging’

To the editor:

I enjoy reading the Buckhead Reporter and appreciated your fine column in the Nov. 14 issue (“Votes disturbing on library, TAD use of school funds”). You covered a lot of ground — the ridiculous vote for a totally unnecessary new library, developers supping at the public trough, and the infuriating incompetency and inefficiency of the city of Atlanta, costing new business owners tens of thousands of dollars as they wait for the bureaucrats to do their jobs.

As an Atlanta native, I find it is very sad and discouraging to see the mess that my hometown has become.

Keep up the good work.

Mary Sullivan