Letter: Library a worthy investment
To the editor:
Recently, I was in the children’s room at Ingall’s Memorial Library in Rindge. Three sisters, ages about 6 through 10, checked out about 20 books. They said they visit the library about once a week. Since new children’s books average about $15 to $25 each, the mother of these girls is admirable because she is raising children to read while saving her family a lot of money.
At another time, a child about 9 years old held the library door open for a disabled person and myself. We said “thank you,” and she responded, “you’re welcome” prior to her entering the children’s room after her mother. One can witness wise parenting at Rindge’s library.
On March 12, Rindge voters will have an opportunity to do something for themselves and their children and grandchildren by investing towards an exciting future library.
It would be a wise decision for Rindge voters to support Warrant Article 21, which calls for $100,000 to be put aside for needed renovations of the library. The planned library renovation will cost between $500,000 and $600,000. The library already has about $250,000 set aside for renovations. If Article 21 passes, the library will be around 60 percent toward its goal.
Now here is how voters can save a lot of money and build for Rindge’s future. They should vote against the $1,500,000 bond article to finance a transition to a fiscal year budget instead of a calendar year one, and vote for remaining on a 12-month instead of 18-month budget for this year. Taxpayers would then save $300,000 a year plus interest for the next five years.
A fiscal year budget is worthwhile but not necessary. Most New Hampshire towns don’t have it and Rindge doesn’t need it. A renovated library is necessary.