Letter: Vote “yes” on Basalt’s library, a community treasure
Having moved to Basalt from Aspen in 1985, we have continuously been amazed at our hometown’s improvements. But the shining example has been our library. Remember the time when our library was in the tiny building behind the caboose and next to town hall? And look at her now — an architectural diamond overlooking our gold medal river.
Our library is state of the art and offers a plethora of programs for every facet of our community. But our library needs our help. The economic downturn resulted in precipitous drops in revenue. And despite very conservative and fiscally responsible management, our library’s operating reserves will drop to unacceptable levels in 2017, which would require eliminating part-time staffers, decreasing the acquisition of new materials and necessitating the closure of our library one day a week. The library board of trustees has put forth a well thought out and conservative measure to avoid these drastic cuts. It is ballot issue 4A. This ballot issue asks for a $350,000 increase per year for the next seven years. At first blush this may seem like a lot of money, but it only equates to roughly $35 per year on a $500,000 home. We’re talking peanuts to keep a local treasure. And if (cross our fingers) the economy improves and property values increase, this figure will go down. It is a win-win to vote “yes” on 4A.
We would like to add that the figures published in the informational brochure sent out to all voters by the “con” author are completely misrepresentative of the actual figures. I would invite anyone who wants the truth to visit the library’s website at http://www.basaltlibrary.org.
Ann and Tom Stephenson
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