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Yes to library mill levy, 1A

To the Editor:

I am writing in support of the Grand County Library District’s mill levy increase on this years ballot.

Those who know me know I am a big library supporter. I first became involved with the library via the used book sale at the Art Affair in the late ‘90s. A trustee position opened in 2004 and I have been serving on the Grand County Library District board of trustees since that time. The library district has been through a lot since then, but today we face our biggest challenge to date.

As our property values have declined, due to the economic recession in this country, the tax revenue supporting the district has also gone down and is now 30 percent lower than in 2010. This mill levy increase is necessary to continue to offer youth, family, and adult programs and to keep the libraries open. Without the increase all branches and programs will be cut drastically starting in 2014. This concerns me greatly as a board member and as a resident of this community. I am also deeply concerned this will reduce the important role the libraries play in the community.

I am asking you to consider voting “YES ON 1A” when we receive our ballots this week. The cost of this mill levy increase is $12 per year per $100,000 of property value.

The mill levy increase will help sustain our libraries in the present and prepare them for the future. Please visit this website for all the details: http://sustainablegclibraries.wordpress.com

Please spread the word to your friends and family to also consider the importance of libraries to our Grand County communities.

John Kacik

Fraser


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