The fine folks of Troy, Michigan were in a bit of a financial bind. They wanted to pass a small tax to help pay to keep the library open. This, being a tax increase, brought Tea Party activists out in droves.
Those Tea Party activists cried and rallied against any increase in taxes, as in their standard operating procedure. They were successful in changing the conversation away from protecting the library. Instead, they had everyone just talking about taxes.
The library looks as though it was certain to go under.
That’s when the people who supported to library and wanted to see it stay open did something very interesting.