Library fund boost making big difference |

Library fund boost making big difference

Dear Editor,

This letter is addressed to the Garfield County commissioners.

As you are aware, 2002 is the first year that the Garfield County libraries have participated in the county salary plan. The impact of raising library salaries to a minimum 84 percent of the median for each position in addition to dealing with the 30-plus percent increase in health benefits was staggering. When personnel costs were added to building maintenance and long-range planning, the library faced deficit spending.

Recognizing that the library must pay staff appropriately and must be able to plan for growth, you supportively dedicated the full quarter-cent sales tax to the library in 2002. This increase over the 75 percent of the quarter-cent the library received for the last four years is already making a difference in our operations.

On behalf of the Library Board of Trustees and staff, thank you, John Martin, Larry McCown and Walt Stowe, for the full quarter-cent. Thanks also go to Jesse Smith, assistant county administrator, for his support and expertise. (And thanks for the stapler, John.)


Jaci Spuhler, Director

Garfield County Public Library

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