Come on people, think! Seven million dollars to demolish and replace a library three times the original size in today’s I-phone, information at your finger tips, instant gratification mine set. Get real!
In the March 4 article: “New library price tag: $7 million” (Sequim Gazette, March 5, page A-1), one quote I found laughable. (The) library board’s vice chair: “We need to proceed carefully … not asking for more than the people can tolerate.” The article mentions funding and timing, “timing of asking for money is something the board has expressed concern …”
Tolerate and timing, you’re kidding? This comes shortly after the school district declared their want of $154 million.
Property owners, it’s time to prioritize! You have the fire department, school district, city and library all asking while receiving tax money for more.
And here’s the kicker: The most under-appreciated public entity in the county, Sequim Aquatic Recreation Center, owned and operated by you, has provide community service without taxes for 13 years. SARC, a junior taxing district, has kept its nose to the grindstone providing a class public service without the “give me more” mentality. SARC hasn’t even use that old saw, “for the kids,” which SARC provides hours of recreation to each week.
But after 25 years of operation the facility needs some major renovations, which will take public funding to facilitate.
The conundrum: who do you support with your tax dollar? (God knows you don’t have a printing press!) Those who continually ask for more or a future request from a community institution which has endeavored to remain on budget for 13 years?