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An extravagant library

Dear Editor: I agree with David Behr (Letters to the editor, Oct. 31) that Basalt should not be compared to Steamboat, Aspen, Telluride and Vail when considering a new library project. People tend to think that a library, at any cost, equals a good thing. I agree that a library is the sort of civic asset that is worth supporting but a plan this extravagant might not be the most sensible.According to the information sent out by the library board, the current facilities serve 10,000 people and are projected to serve 17,000. The size of the proposed new building is 20,230 square feet and that’s 5,000 feet larger than the post office. At that size, everyone in the district can use it at the same time! (By way of comparison, Vail’s library is 10,040 square feet.)The literature also states the cost in a way that sounds quite reasonable, but if you do the math on your own home you would be surprised by your tax burden. It is a huge expense for the average person. I have a limited amount of money to spend on taxes for community needs (children, seniors, open space). Rather than allocating so much money for the actual building, it would seem better to spend more on books and new technology. How about designing a new building ready for future expansion if and when necessary?Tania DibbsBasalt

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