Letter: Miles, Anyone with an issue should attend GCLD board meetings,
Anyone with an issue should attend GCLD board meetings,
(In the interest of full disclosure, let me first say that I am a former trustee of the Grand County Library District.)
Reading recent letters to the editor about the GCLD budget gave me a strong sense of déjà vu. Three years ago the district, foreseeing EXACTLY the kind of situation it is facing today, put forward a ballot measure to increase the district’s mill levy to a level that would help make our five community branches, and the entire system itself, more sustainable in the long run. The decisions being discussed today are the direct result of the electorate’s denial of the mill levy increase, and the actions being proposed today are exactly the ones outlined in the 2013 campaign as necessary in the event of a defeat. Keeping a complicated system running in a geographically large community is a difficult and sometimes distressing job. No one should be surprised at the measures currently being discussed, and any anger should be aimed at our fellow voters, not the GCLD staff and trustees who struggle daily to deliver quality library services with the funds they are allocated. Anyone who has an issue with how the GCLD is administering its funds needs to follow how those budget decisions are made, by attending Board of Trustees meetings over a period of time, and not just when a particular threat is imminent. I also need to correct a few misunderstandings in the letter from Ms. Dickerson. First, all of the GCLD librarians are trained full- or part-time employees, although volunteers are always welcome to help with shelving books and special projects. Also, the GCLD is funded almost exclusively by its own mill levy which is collected by the county but administered by the district, so no amount of cost-cutting on the part of the sheriff or county departments will benefit the libraries in any case.
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