Rochester Hills Public Library
Contact: Amanda Harrison Keighley
For Immediate Release
Aug. 1, 2019
Meet the Candidates Running for Rochester Hills Public Library Board of Trustees
(ROCHESTER HILLS- Aug. 1, 2019) The Rochester Hills Public Library Board has three candidates running for two open seats on the ballot in this November’s election. On Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. the community is invited to meet candidates Robert Bonam, Anne Kucher, and Steve Reina, during a debate hosted by the League of Women Voters.
The debate will be held in the library’s Multipurpose Room and all questions will come from the audience.
Each candidate provided the following statement about their campaign:
“As current board of trustees president, with more than 35 years of service to the Rochester Hills Public Library, overseeing many projects including the construction of the current building, with its designation now as one of the top libraries in Michigan, I believe my professional experience as an accountant will continue to be an asset to the library as we overcome the financial challenges ahead.”
“As a former educator with 10 years of experience serving the people of Rochester Hills as a library board trustee, I am dedicated to continue providing the excellent library service that our community deserves.”
“I, attorney Steve Reina, am seeking a first term as the only candidate who’s kept a campaign promise before getting elected, which I say because until I declared my candidacy and also my opposition to the recently proposed millage, the Library Board wanted to raise your taxes, a position they reversed when they feared running in an election where they’d have to defend their views against an anti-millage candidate.”
One issue the elected board members will tackle is the postponed millage request, which was scheduled to be on the November ballot. The millage is a tax paid by homeowners to fund the library. The proposal to increase the current rate was tabled in June so that board members could further monitor the economic conditions in the area. Despite the delay, a budget for 2020 has been approved.
Members of the board of trustees of the Rochester Hills Public Library serve the community without monetary compensation. Incorporated in 1924, the library is an independent municipal corporation and not under the jurisdiction of any other local form of government. The elected governing board is nonpartisan. Once elected, members cannot be removed from office except by order of the governor of the State of Michigan.
The debate is Tuesday, Sept. 17 from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room and is open to the community. It will stream live at rhpl.org and air on Rochester Hills TV.
Rochester Hills Public Library provides life-long learning opportunities, instills a love of reading, and offers equal access to information. The library serves as a community town square, where over 45,000 monthly visitors enjoy innovative ways to learn and socialize through a variety of programs including Sunday concerts, a summer reading challenge, parent-child workshops, and weekly lectures. The library’s expansive and user-friendly database system allows its 70,000 card holders to utilize eBooks, movies, and music downloads, language and genealogy services, and consumer reports from the comfort of their own home at no cost. Find more information on Rochester Hills Public Library’s unique offerings at rhpl.org.