Since public libraries are generally very important to alternative educators, a problem for a local library is a problem for them. Two important public meetings will be held at the Montrose Library to discuss the large revenue shortfall the Montrose Regional Library District is facing due to the decrease in property tax income. The District has lost $165,000 already because of reduced property valuation throughout the area, and is expecting to lose $245,000 next year. The first meeting will be on April 30 at 7 p.m., and the second is scheduled for May 1 at 5:30 p.m. Each will take place in the library's meeting room.
According to District Director Paul Paladino, the District is trying not to have to fire staff. One option under consideration is to close the library on Sundays, despite the fact that it is the busiest day of the week. Mr. Paladino also feared that the amount of new book purchases may need to be curtailed. Library usage is increasing in the face of the reduction in revenue, and solutions are needed immediately. Though there are probably no easy answers, the local public has a chance to help choose the best possible and least painful remedies. All are invited to attend and share their ideas. For more information, call 970.249.9656.