Library -- More Info Please
By Catherine Brown
August 21, 2010
When we voted on the new swimming pool I was very pleased with
how things were handled overall. Designs were drawn up for each
option with its corresponding cost estimate and the people had
more information upon which to base their decision.
Can we not do the same with the proposed Library? Maybe I missed
the memo, but from what I can tell, we're left with a whole lot
of "he said, she said" from the two sides and really
have no idea what we're voting for in the end. Is the two-story
library on city-owned land cheaper? Is the one-story above town
cheaper? Is one more accessible than the other? Without preliminary
cost estimates and designs, we're in what feels more like a popularity
contest than an informed vote by the citizenry. Is that really
how we want to make decisions for the use of our tax dollars?
While I'm sure either building will be nice in the end, this
is a decision we'll have to live with for quite some time and
I don't enjoy being forced into deciding prematurely.
I'm not yet familiar with the ins-and-outs of local proposition
procedures, but if possible, I suggest a postponement of the
vote and the expenditure of some funds towards answering the
above questions. I believe it would be worth the money for the
public to be truly informed, to feel that they had a say and
some ownership in the Library that will be payed for out of their
About: "Catherine is a
homeschooling mother of five who was born and raised in Ketchikan,
Received August 19, 2010 -
Published August 21, 2010
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