Garfield County Public Library board continues facility funding discussions |

Garfield County Public Library board continues facility funding discussions

PARACHUTE, Colorado ” Funding for new library facilities in Rifle, Silt, New Castle and a possible land purchase for a new library in Carbondale will be up for discussion when the Garfield County Public Library District Board of Directors meets tonight.

The board’s regular monthly meeting begins at 6 p.m. at the Parachute Branch Library, 244 Grand Valley Way.

The board will discuss a plan to issue between $12.8 million and $16 million in certificates of participation to fund the facilities, using proceeds from the district’s 1 mill property tax levy that was approved by county voters in 2006.

Library District Executive Director Amelia Shelley said a formal decision is not expected until the board’s July 2 meeting in New Castle.

“We need a little more time to work on the financing,” Shelley said. “The big question is whether we’ll go after the financing for Carbondale at this time.”

While plans are set to build a new $9 million library in Rifle and expanded facilities in Silt and New Castle at a cost of about $ 2 million each, the Carbondale plans are more tentative.

Recommendations from a local site selection committee suggest relocating the Carbondale library from its existing site on Fourth Street and building a new 13,000 square-foot library on what’s now school district property at the corner of Sopris Avenue and Third Street, next to the Bridges High School.

In order to do that the town of Carbondale would have to sell the existing library site, which it owns. That will require a town election to accomplish, Shelley said.

The library district is also ready to move forward with a $1.3 million expansion at the Parachute Branch, which can be accomplished with existing funds, Shelley said.

Contact John Stroud: 384-9160

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