Mexicotte points out that only one vote at the retreat separated the top priority of working together from the goal of improving the district's finances. She also notes that while tensions rose after the board's rapid turnover a few years ago, when three trustees resigned for various reasons, members still often vote unanimously. Just last month, she emails, members agreed by consensus to begin "laying the groundwork for the possibility of a county-wide Educational millage" in 2014.
What Next for the Library?
By far the biggest local issue on the Nov. 6 ballot is the Ann Arbor District Library's request to replace its downtown branch. The proposed $65 million, thirty-year bond would cost the owner of a $250,000 home about $70 a year (see "Selling a Millage," October). All four incumbents seeking re-election to the AADL board are strongly in favor of the project, while a single challenger questions its timing.