Basalt library gets donation to stay open on Mondays |

Basalt library gets donation to stay open on Mondays

Aspen Times Staff Report

A $5,000 contribution helped the Basalt Regional Library achieve its goal of raising enough money to remain open on Mondays for at least the first half of 2004.

Library director Linda Levy said a private donor recently made the contribution. The donor didn’t want to be identified.

The library district had a $30,000 shortfall in its 2004 budget. To offset the deficit, the board of directors approved closing the facility on Mondays.

Patrons appealed to the board to reconsider and launched a fund-raising effort. The board set a deadline of Jan. 31 to raise $15,000 ” enough to keep the library open on Mondays through June. The remaining $15,000 must be raised by June to ensure the library will remain open on Mondays throughout 2004.

The other major contributor was the town of Basalt, which also chipped in $5,000. The remainder came in smaller amounts from individuals, families and businesses.

Another library problem will be confronted today. Citizens who successfully opposed the library district’s proposal to build a new facility in El Jebel will meet with the board of directors today at 5:30 p.m. in Basalt Town Hall.

The library district’s proposal to raise property taxes to build a new library, remodel the existing one and operate them both was soundly defeated in the November election. But members of the main opposition group, called Citizens for One Library, maintained they weren’t against the library, just the specific proposal.

The group and board scheduled today’s meeting to discuss how to prepare a new plan for a new library.


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