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Library cost clarification
By Heidi Ekstrand


November 24, 2008
Monday PM

I was thrilled to see Ms. Jones' letter here with her thoughts, ideas and concerns on funding issues for local construction projects. The more people creatively involved in our community issues the better the outcomes will be.

I do have to clarify one important point, though. Ms. Jones cited the cost of the new library as $25 million, when it's actually about $13.3 million.

And most of that doesn't need to come from city and borough coffers. Local leaders are mapping out strategies to obtain funds from several other sources, including the state (through SB-119, designed to fund construction of new libraries), private foundations and local capital campaign efforts. If all elements fall into place, we can build a badly needed new library for less than $4 million in local government funds.

Heidi Ekstrand
Friends of the Ketchikan Public Library
Ketchikan, AK

Received November 21, 2008 - Published November 24, 2008


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