Interesting that area property taxpayers & library patrons still have heard nothing about the future of the Yelm Timberland Regional Library (TRL) branch. The current lease in the private facility expires one-year from today & to remain in that building, the city will be fully responsible for the monthly rent if the library remains there, beginning January 1, 2012. The TRL Board agreed that Yelm’s library must be in a public building.
– As reported here on November 22nd:
Megan Hanson reported in the Nov. 19th Nisqually Valley News:
“The library budget was also increased to $53,000.
The city budgets money every year to help cover facility costs for the Yelm Timberland Library. This year the library budget increased about $6,000.”
– As reported here on April 5th:
The current lease is for about $140,000 a year for a state-of-the-art 8,962 square-foot facility…
The city can afford roughly $50,000 a year to put toward a library facility, city officials said…
Harding said the city submitted a proposal to Timberland extending the facilitys lease to give time to come up with a solution.”…
“The TRL Board of Directors met on Wednesday, March 31 and in public action, considered Mayor Harding’s proposals and will honor their contract with the City of Yelm to provide service from the current location through December 31, 2011. However, the TRL Board agreed that after the conclusion of the current contract, the city will be responsible to provide an appropriate library facility.”
The question this writer is often asked –
What will the city get with a budget of $50,000 rent per year for a library facility [Yelm is on their own a year from now], when they [TRL & City of Yelm jointly] pay $140,000 now?
Will current library locale & Prairie Park building owner Margaret Clapp offer the city a sweetheart deal to remain leasing space in her private building for a few years, collecting a low rent from the city rather than having her building mostly empty, while the city says they will look for a suitable public building?
TRL’S AREA PROPERTY TAXPAYERS SUPPORT YELM’S LIBRARY THROUGH TAXES & HAVE A RIGHT TO AN UPDATE FROM MAYOR HARDING.
HIS CONTINUED SILENCE ON THIS ISSUE IS UNACCEPTABLE.
YELM’S LIBRARY IS FUNDED MORE BY THOSE PAYING TAXES IN UNINCORPORATED AREAS THAN IN THE CITY OF YELM.
WHILE MAYOR HARDING IS NOT ELECTED BY UNINCORPORATED AREA VOTERS NOR HAS JURISDICTION OVER THOSE PROPERTY OWNERS, HE DOES HAVE A FIDUCIARY RESPONSIBILITY TO PROVIDE A PUBLIC LIBRARY IN YELM AS THE CITY AGREED & TO KEEP ALL OF THE TRL TAXPAYERS INFORMED OF THAT PROCESS.