Boycott is misguided |

Boycott is misguided

Dear Editor:

Go ahead, Allan Johnson, and boycott Basalt (“We’re boycotting Basalt,” Jan. 12, The Aspen Times).

However, Mr. Johnson, your boycott is misguided. The library is funded with property taxes paid by your ski instructor and your maid. There is no connection between the Basalt Library and the town of Basalt other than location. The library is a special tax district that runs from mile marker 16 near Catherine Store up Highway 82 through the Snowmass Canyon to about mile marker 28, and from above Thomasville at Hagerman Pass to within sight of the Snowmass Ski Area at Lazy O – same as our fire and school districts.

In the early ’90s, when I was a director on the Basalt Library board, we reviewed each and every expense. Then came the boom time and the bigger library that could provide more service and a bigger salary for the librarian. I was shocked to learn how big her salary package was and more shocked to learn the library was spending my tax dollars and not accounting for them – clearly the librarian’s responsibility.

It was her option to vacate her position. Everyone else is taking a cut. The construction industry that drove the town is gone. We need to be supportive of one another. That’s what makes a small town, not greed.

I hope you enjoy your stay. Next time maybe you’ll tell us the real reason for your letter because surely our local politics are not that interesting.

Barb Forrest

El Jebel

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