A friend once told me, “if I told you to have more fun, you’d make a job out of it”. I thought it was strange, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized he was right. If my family went on vacation, I would research the area, and make a list of everything we wanted to see, and schedule each day to the fullest, with little time for the washroom, to get everything in. It was work scheduling fun.
One summer we decided to go to the St. Louis Zoo and the Milwaukee Zoo, along with sights each city offered including tours of Budweiser and Miller Breweries. The end result was that there were six elephants in St. Louis, and three in Milwaukee, and the Budweiser Brewery was bigger than Miller Brewery. Two elephants would have been adequate, and a smaller sampling of beer would have been sufficient. More doesn’t make it better, it simply makes it more.
Now the Naperville Library is knocking on city council’s door wanting more money to the tune of $599K. Couldn’t they have made it an even $600K; what’s one more “K”. Whomever is working out the numbers, must do a lot of retail shopping where every price ends in a ‘9’ to make it sound less. The thought must be that the council will balk at $600K, but they will gladly fork over $599K.
No doubt that Naperville has a highly regarded library, but it’s time to level off and reduce the expenditures. Unfortunately libraries are trending downward as are newspapers and the postal system. It’s possible someday Naperville’s library will become part of the historical society, so kids of the future can see what a library used to look like.
The library wants more money because they have had a ‘decrease in revenues’. It looks like the library did too good of a job of getting people to return books on time resulting less fines. Maybe the library could take a page out of the red light camera book (pun intended) and raise the fine for returning a book late to $1K per day. 600 days would solve the problem. Remember it’s for the kids.
The library also said they are getting less revenue from investment income. That sounds like an opportunity for a Naperville resident specializing in investment income.
The library board approved a tentative budget for $14.6 million in expenditures vs. last years budget of $13.8 million. My trustworthy little $2.00 (not $1.99) calculator shows an expenditure increase of $800K more this year than last year. Trim that by 75% and bingo, the $600K is covered. If the library has 10 English dictionaries, do they really need another one. Two should be sufficient, just like elephants in a zoo. If they really want to trim expense, keep the Webster’s Dictionary and sell the Funk & Wagnalls dictionary to the Naperville Historical Society; it will be there sooner or later.