By Rosemary Neil
Tomorrow I will mail my check in payment for my property taxes. With that in mind, I would like to know the timeline for the restoration of library services, which I consider essential for a well-managed city.
Quality of life services were gutted by our city to address revenue shortfalls. Ten months have passed and the city should be in a position to begin the slow process of restoring those services to the taxpayers of this community.
Other cities in the state closed libraries with an emphasis on health and safety. These communities have been bringing their libraries back into service over the past four months. In a city with a City Manager, one Senior Deputy City Manager, three Deputy City Managers, four Managing Directors and one Chief Operations Officer there should be sufficient talent to develop our own return to service process for library and other quality of life services.
Furloughed city employees deserve to know when they can return to work. Taxpayers deserve to know when they can expect the full range of services they have invested in over decades.
Rosemary Neill served in professional positions with state, regional and local governments as well as large and small not for profit organizations.
Categories: Reopen El Paso Public Libraries