GCLD responds to Hunter’s letter
August 9, 2016
In response to Merilyn Hunter's letter in the August 3 edition of the Sky-Hi News:
While I am thankful for Merilyn taking the time to go over our budget and provide suggestions, many of the suggestions she makes are already either under consideration or have been acted upon. She will be glad to hear that the district has already reduced the number of computers that are being replaced in the Granby Library and the district will not be spending the entire $26,000 on that project. I believe the $11,000 she incorrectly attributes to a phone replacement for Central Services is the "Technology Equipment and Repair" line item. This $11,000 consists of a one-time cost of $7,000 for a telephone replacement for the Granby and Fraser libraries as well as for the Central Services building. Currently there are four different phone systems in those three buildings that were installed around a decade ago. The companies who installed them are no longer in the phone system business. That replacement is necessary and a person would be hard pressed to find an alternative that is less expensive than $2,300 per building. The remainder of the $11,000 Merilyn identified included a $3,000 replacement for equipment in Grand Lake which is no longer going to be happening. The final $1,000 was an example of a contingency reserve built into a line item.
The Finance Committee is currently scrutinizing every line item of the budget and no expenditure is sacrosanct. The technology budget for 2017 is already lower considering the planned district-wide reduction in the fleet of public computers. As the budget process continues there will be more information publicly available at our Board of Trustee meetings as to what is being cut and where. The first draft of the 2017 budget will be presented at the October 17th meeting at the Granby Library. We look forward to seeing everyone there.
Mary E. Chance
Trustee – Grand County Library District