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Library too costly

Dear Editor:Even though it’s not politically correct to oppose a new library, I have to take a stand against Referendum 4B. As a resident of Basalt with children ages 7 and 9, I cannot support the full court press to spend $11 million. It seems as if a small group of well-organized people expect the rest of us to foot the bill for their obsession.Here are some of my reasons: 1) The Internet information age is still in its infancy stage. Why not wait and see how digital distribution of books, magazines and databases ultimately pans out before committing to this large expensive building?2) Basalt is a relatively affluent town where a very high percentage of people are already Internet connected. Why do we need to pay for a library with more Internet stations that can only be destined for fast obsolescence and long-term software and hardware maintenance costs?3) The proposed new building is 5,000 square feet larger than the Basalt post office. I feel that’s too big and will overcrowd the post office corridor.4) $11 million is too much money. In fact, the amount is even higher. Here is exactly what appears on the ballot: “Shall Basalt Regional Library District Debt be increased up to $11,000,000, with a maximum repayment cost of up to $17,943,600 …”5) Literature distributed by the library board says Basalt is way behind Aspen, Telluride and Vail when comparing library square footage. Since when did our small town have to keep up with these much larger cities?I respect the fact that a lot of hard work went into this proposal, but I still don’t think the organizers got it right. It’s too big and too expensive.David BehrBasalt

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