Election library mailing is misleading
Ryan Summerlin October 25, 2013
To the Editor,
I just received an election ballot. Some people also got an anonymous postcard with completely wrong data posing as facts about the mil levy increase (1A) sought by the library district. I know the true facts and wish to correct the misinformation and errors in the anonymous (alert!) postcard. The truth is that the increase sought will return revenues to 2010 levels to offset a huge decrease in property values. Here are some of the postcard errors:
Error No. 1: A 1.5 mil levy increase is a 62 percent increase over the 2.41 mil rate established in 1994; it is not a 62 percent increase in revenue. Error No. 2: Revenues are dependent on property values and no one, repeat no one, can forecast accurately what property values will be in the future and what tax revenue it will produce. While revenue has gone up and down, history shows that expenses only go up. Error No. 3: Total Revenues have never reached $2.8 miillion for the 5 branches covering the entire county. Revenue from taxes (excluding donations, fines, etc.) ranged from $2.0 million to a high of $2.4 million. Error No. 4: By the end of this year the reserve fund will be $1.3 million because the reserves have had to cover a much longer financial recession than anyone anticipated.
So, I ask you my fellow taxpayers, do you value the tremendous asset we have in our library system, an asset that increases your own property values? Or will you believe the distorted and erroneous “data” in the postcard from anonymous sources? I will personally vouch for the true facts contained in the above statement.
I spent eight years of volunteer service as part of the Grand County Library District Board team that built this asset for all people residing in or visiting Grand County. Join me in preserving this system and vote YES on 1A for your library.
GCLD Past President (2005-08) and Past Treasurer (2002-04)