A Facebook page devoted to saving the Yelm Library, which already has more than 1,200 fans, continues to mislead the public on the library issue.
Let’s examine their statements, one-by-one:
1. If library moves, it will be a smaller space. there is no doubt
Yes, however, the current facility is way too large for our needs and one the city cannot afford at $1 million plus interest expense, otherwise the Mayor would not be asking for relief to lower what he calls the debt “burden” to his local citizens.
THE YELM PROPERTY TAXPAYERS WILL HAVE TO SAY ENOUGH TO MAJOR LIBRARY TAX INCREASES TO GET THIS MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL TO CHANGE THEIR PLANS!
2. if library moves there is a high probability that it will NOT be in the center of town
My wife spoke with a local contractor who told her a brand new library could be built on city-owned land where the former Police Station is located for a cost of half-a-million dollars, for a 5,000 sq. ft. facility ($100 per sq ft).
This land is idle right now.
This spot would have plenty of parking, a central-city address, a first-floor location for the public and computer stalls, with employee kitchen and public meeting room potentially built on a second floor. Five-thousand square feet would be the perfect size for a Yelm Library, with less book space needed due to electronic media (i.e. Kindle) housing many titles.
AND, $500,000 would be well within what Mayor Harding’s $600,000 goal, even adding the removal costs of the old police structure.
3. if library moves, we STILL will have to raise money to pay for it
A $500,000 building would be within Mayor Harding’s original $600,000 proposal. Timberland Regional Library told the Yelm Library Advisory Board in early 2008 they would “willing to pay the full cost of financial/site analysis, a feasibility study, financial considerations, 50% of architectural services up to the point where the project is ready to go to bidders, interior design costs and TRL professional support for developing the new library (i.e. physical plan).”
4. WE will NEVER be able to afford what we have now for $1,000,000 if we move
The City of Yelm can NOT afford a $1 million structure in today’s economic environment. Let’s face the facts, folks! Wait until the City of Yelm taxpayer sees the tax “burden” they will incur, even IF the city raises $100,000 on donations to lower the $1 million cost.
So, one has to ask: “is this all about saving Margaret Clapp from having her building 75% empty if the current library location moves?”
THE PUBLIC NEEDS TO HAVE THESE ISSUES AIRED!