Basalt library needs help
Dear Editor:(This was originally addressed to the residents of the Basalt Regional Library District.)The following information about public libraries in the United States was printed in the May 3, 2004 edition of Time magazine.”28 percent proportion of public libraries in the U.S. that offered Internet access in 1996.95 percent proportion of public libraries that offer Internet access today.18 percent increase in library attendance in the past six years.”Obviously, things are changing at America’s libraries. However at Basalt’s library there is one thing that hasn’t changed in the last 24 years! Do you know what that is? Here’s a clue: It’s something that is long overdue.I wish I could say I am proud of the Basalt Regional Library. Unfortunately, other than the people who work there, both paid and volunteer, there is not much to be proud of. Why is that? It’s because our Basalt library is grossly under financed. The library has not had a property tax revenue increase since 1980 – 24 years ago – and it shows! Recently a group volunteers, who love their library, spent a weekend painting it. You ought to stop by and see how nice it looks. This group hopes that the people who live in the Basalt Regional Library District also love their library and will love it enough to vote yes on ballot issue 4A on Nov. 2.If 4A doesn’t pass, the Basalt library will have to close two additional days a week, will have fewer library staff, less copies of best sellers, fewer videos, DVDs, CDs and talking books, no technology or computer upgrades and other cutbacks. However, if 4A passes, the library will remain open six days a week, have multiple copies of best sellers, have the latest videos, DVDs, CDs and talking books, have updated and more computers for Internet use, free computer classes, and more good things.How much will this cost? The added cost will be about $9.07 more per year per $100,000 of home value. For example, if your home is assessed at $300,000, the increase would only be about $27.21 per year.Please join me in voting yes on 4A on Nov. 2 for our library, our community and our future!Don A. VoltmerBasalt
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