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Thursday, October 17,2013

Election Guide 2013: Yes on Lyons Regional Library District Issue 4C

By Boulder Weekly Staff

Lyons Regional Library District Ballot Issue 4C
Tax for new library district

Vote Yes

Created Sept. 3, the brand-new Lyons Regional Library District is asking voters to approve a new tax to get started. Before September’s flooding, we would have supported the measure because money for libraries is probably one of the best uses of tax dollars there is.

Following the floods, we checked in with Mark Browning, chair of the library project steering committee, to make sure the library district was still interested in getting and spending the tax (while it may have been too late to remove the issue from the ballot, the library district could have pulled its support from the measure).

Browning said the library district still seeks the tax, and after getting his answers we support it more than ever. First, Browning said that residents whose homes had been destroyed or severely damaged would be receiving tax relief, meaning the new tax wouldn’t be a burden on them. He also noted the tax rate would be “cut in half ” for 2014, the first year the measure would be in place.

Lyons’ current library, the Depot Library, is operated by the Town of Lyons, but the town informed the Heart of Lyons group that it doesn’t have the money going forward to operate the library, Browning says. He says “the only way we see to save the Depot Library operations” is to transfer its operation to the new library district. We think enough has been done to lighten the impact of a new tax on Lyons residents, and we recommend they keep their library district moving forward.

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