Statement before the        Glenn A. Walsh

Council of                P.O. Box 1041

        The City of               Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15230-1041 U.S.A.

Pittsburgh:                Telephone: 412-561-7876

Proposed Refinancing      Electronic Mail: < >

Of 2002 Carnegie Library Internet Site: <  >

          Bond Issue                  2010 May 20


Good afternoon, I am Glenn A. Walsh of 633 Royce Avenue, Mt. Lebanon. Today I am speaking as a private citizen representing no organization.


In October, Carnegie Library proposed closing five library branches. $1.2 million, spread equally over two years from the City, prevented the closures in 2010. However, Carnegie Library management has already stated that $600,000 will not be enough to prevent closures in 2011.


Carnegie Library now wishes to refinance their 2002 bond issue, stating that this could result in an additional $400,000 for the library system. Yet, they claim that this additional money can only be used for capital projects.


It seems to me that they obsess over these capital projects, while later this year they will again plead poverty and they may propose closing library branches in 2011. The $400,000, or whatever funds result from the refinancing, could help keep library branches open in 2011 and possibly 2012.


It should be remembered that, originally, the money used for paying the debt service on this bond issue was RAD funds appropriated for Carnegie Library operating purposes!


Today I have two requests:


1)      I ask a ruling from the City Solicitor. Is there any legal reason why additional money received from such a bond refinancing cannot be placed in Carnegie Library’s operating account, to be used with the additional City money to keep all library branches open in 2011?

2)      If the City Solicitor rules that such bond refinancing receipts can legally be placed in the Library’s operating account, and if you choose to allow Carnegie Library to go forward with this refinancing plan, then I ask that you require all additional monies received from such refinancing to be placed in the Library’s operating account, to assure that all library branches remain open in 2011 and 2012.


Thank you.