TROY, Mich., July 13 (UPI) -- A Michigan group supporting a proposed tax to save a library is putting up signs promising a book burning if the library closes.
The group, called Safeguarding American Families, or SAFE, registered June 20 with Oakland County as a ballot question committee in favor of an Aug. 2 ballot measure, which would levy a tax to provide dedicated funding to the Troy public library for five years, The Detroit News reported Wednesday.
The group's yard signs promise to hold a book burning party if the library closes, which would happen Aug. 5 if the ballot measure fails.
"Our agenda's pretty simple," the group posted on its Facebook page. "We want the library to close so we can have a book burning party. What's not to get?"
Ellen Hodorek, spokeswoman for Save Troy, the organization at the head of the campaign to save the library, said book burning is "outrageous" and officials are hoping the SAFE campaign is "just satire."
"Bottom line, if people want to save the library, they'll get out and vote yes," Hodorek said.