Letter: Davidson, There are other ways to reduce the debt,
There are other ways to reduce the debt,
I have, and will continue to be, a lifelong library supporter. But, I am disheartened by the Library Board’s seemingly unmovable stance on closing the Hot Sulphur Springs branch. We, as taxpayers, deserve the services this district was established to provide- the five branches that are GCLD. Fact: if our past district librarian and library board had not committed to build two buildings at once and saddle us with a huge debt, there would be no issue! Our district is not too big for our population-we have building “glut”. If our library board was truly concerned about the financial problems the district is facing, then; Why have a capital project in the budget for $137,000? Why hire a new admin employee last year? Why have bonuses in their budget? These actions don’t support the projected $300,000 to be cut by 2018. The Hot Sulphur library is portrayed as a little used facility that can easily be closed because we can use Granby’s library “only 10 miles away”. Using the library’s statistics of yearly visits and days each library is open per year, I factored in the population of each community using the 2015 projected census numbers. According to this equation, which would seem a very equitable way of using statistics, the percentage of the population that visits their local library per each day open, is as follows; Fraser/Winter Park, 7 percent; Granby, 9 percent; Grand Lake, 8 percent; Hot Sulphur Springs, 8 percent; and Kremmling, 7 percent. It’s obvious that each community library is being used equally–none is more important than the other! So, what can we do as the taxpayers? Demand fair and reasonable cuts to the budget. Do we need an administration building? Can we cut those costs? Encourage the Board to look for other means of reducing it’s debt, rather than closing facilities. Closing Hot Sulphur is only the beginning. The Grand Lake and Kremmling communities need to be aware of probable severe cuts to their branches. We need to communicate our needs for our public libraries, and if necessary, support a mil levy increase. If the Library Board, who supposedly represents each community refuses to listen, then
we need to demand our commissioners appoint board members that will work to keep the district intact!
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