Surls museum would be good for Cdale |

Surls museum would be good for Cdale

What a difficult decision it will be for the Carbondale Board of Trustees to select one of the three proposals submitted for future use of the library building.

Considering the building’s location in downtown Carbondale and the board’s recent question regarding each proposal’s economic benefits, the museum proposal appears to many to be worthy of very serious consideration. Before addressing the use of the facility, first we should note Jim Calaway’s willingness to raise more than $1 million for an addition to the existing building structure. That addition will substantially increase the value of the town’s asset.

As we all know, sales tax is a primary source of revenue for the town’s general fund, and it is used to pay for parks, streets, public safety and the town government. We need to collect more sales tax revenue to support our town infrastructure.

If the assumption about the museum option is correct, and it attracts a significant number of tourists throughout the year, then the visitor season would be extended before and after the current summer peak. Therefore, the collection of sales (and lodging) tax would increase.

As described in the proposal, this significant museum would also provide a prominent location for a gallery where local artists would display and sell their works of art.

And the timing of the project would also allow us to create and implement a new and exciting retail (and lodging) strategy for Carbondale before those tourists begin to arrive.

Finally, a significant museum in downtown Carbondale would support Amy Kimberly, CCAH and others in their effort to engage everyone in the project to identify and plan for a designation by the State of Colorado of Carbondale as a Creative District.

Randi Lowenthal


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