Upon seeing a $30 million gift dangled in front of them if they prioritize a whole new downtown library building (the city has to pay the first $20 million plus "soft costs"), the council jumped — and in effect decided to pay for it by borrowing $25 million to $30 million. At a cost of up to $3 million in payments per year for 30 years.
So if we repair and maintain no more streets or sidewalks for 30 years, we only need to cut another $800,000 from the previous priorities.
If the council can't make the hard choices of what is most needed, something is very wrong in Menlo Park.
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