The always dreadfully broke city of Detroit, Michigan is busy closing neighborhood libraries but purchased “European Deck Chairs” for their newly renovated main library at a cost of $1,092 each.
The South Wing is stocked with 20 yellow and orange European lounge chairs that cost $1,092 apiece, artistic pendant light fixtures and two alcohol-burning fireplaces. The project morphed from a $300,000 furniture update to a $2.3 million overhaul with new floors, study rooms, lighting and built-in, wood-framed book shelves….
It’s not the only spending to come under question as the system considers closing up to 18 of 23 branches and laying off as many as 191 of 333 workers. A Detroit News review showed that, since 2008, the library has paid at least $160,000 to food vendors, including $1,760 at an ice-cream shop, and spent $1 million on 6 percent raises to union workers at a time counterparts in City Hall took 10 percent pay cuts.
In a city with a history rife with failed Democrat leadership, there’s a report from March 11, 2011:
The Detroit Public Library wants to know what happened to $200,000 it set aside two years ago to launch a $20 million fundraising campaign that ended up bringing in less than $100.
Not surprisingly, attorneys are being hired to find the $200,00, probably costing taxpayers at least $500,000.
How many U.S. taxpayer dollars did former Congresswoman Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick (her son is former Detroit Democrat Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick) finger away from our pockets for these “deck chairs?”