The Washtenaw County clerk’s office has confirmed the filing – on Sept. 13, 2012 – of a ballot question committee Protect Our Libraries. The group opposes the ballot proposal that the Ann Arbor District Library is asking voters to approve on Nov. 6. The AADL is requesting that voters approve $65 million in bonds for construction of a new downtown library building on its current site at 343 S. Fifth Ave.
Listed as treasurer of the group is Kathy Griswold, a former Ann Arbor Public Schools board member. She also served as campaign manager for Sumi Kailasapathy’s Ward 1 Ann Arbor city council Democratic primary election campaign, which Kailasapathy won on Aug. 7. The URL for the group will be protectourlibraries.org, but was purchased just last week and does not yet have content.
A campaign committee to support the library’s proposal was formed in the summer. Called Our New Downtown Library, the committee is being chaired by Ellie Serras. For more background about the library’s bond proposal, see Chronicle coverage: “Library Bond Move Toward Nov. 6 Ballot.”