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Letters from April 28, 2007
Thank you: Earth Day event a success
Once again, about 80 students from Marie Crumbs Central Kitsap High School classes hiked to the Clear Creek Trail for their annual Earth Day community event. This year, they put in 600 feet of trail and took out Scotch Broom along Silverdale Way to complete the new trail on the north side of All Star Lanes and Casino. Michele Sotelo helped coordinate the work. It is a wonderful section of the trail that highlights the new Clear Creek ponds created by County Public Works as part of their flood control initiatives.
The effort was made possible by the generous support provided by many folks. Taco Bell provided lunch for all those hungry kids as they have since the beginning of all our work on the trail. Dori Leckner, Tom Hodgson and Mike King of County Parks and Charlie Munoz of Public Works provided tools. Sid Williams and Christi Hickerson from Silverdale Water District also brought tools and helped direct the effort. (They have worked on the trail before and were real pros at it). Roy Meyers and Dean Enebo from the Kiwanis club, Nadean Ross and John Farbarik returned again this year to point the eager kids in the right direction.
The energy and enthusiasm of the students really keeps us pumped up. In spite of the hard work, they remained focused and cheerful the entire time. It is so much fun to be around them. The support provided by our friends and the county and business community is vital to their success. This shared community spirit is what makes this entire project so neat.
For all of you who made this such a successful event Thanks a million.
Clear Creek Task Force
Library vote: Libraries asking for too much
The people of Kitsap County should reject the Kitsap Regional Librarys request to increase their levy by 60 percent in one year. The librarys budget in 2007 is $8.8 million dollars. A 60 percent increase would bring their budget to over $14 million. They do not need over $5 million new dollars to do their job. Rather, we the taxpayers, need that $5 million to feed, clothe and house our families.
Jill Jean, the library director, seems proud of the fact that the library did a survey and received 926 responses. That survey seems to be the basis for the decision to ask for this outrageous increase in our taxes. 926 responses represents less than 0.4 percent of the population of Kitsap County. So on the basis of an insignificant response to a survey, the library thinks all Kitsap County citizens should fork over a lot more money.
When was this survey done? We never had a chance to vote. Why wasnt the survey mailed to all Postal Customers like the recent pro tax brochure we all received. Could it be that the library did not want to hear from everybody? Could it be that the audience for their survey was limited so as to support their desire for more tax dollars?
Did you know that over a quarter of Kitsap County residents do not even have a library card, over 64,000 taxpayers. Were sure that this large segment was not asked to answer the survey but were also sure they are being asked to pay more tax for the 0.4 percent of people that did answer the survey.
I am a patron myself and do believe in supporting my local library, however, I do think the 60 percent increase in the library tax needs to be rejected. Send the library back to find a more reasonable approach for all of us.
I got my first library card when I was 6. You had to be able to write your name to get the card. On the first try I got confused over how many Cs were in Cappuccino. The second time I got it right.
I felt empowered with that library card. So many books and I could check out any one I wanted. Today I love the library for the same reason; it empowers us with information.
I moved to Kitsap County right after the last Levy Lid Lift almost 30 years ago. Over the many years since then I raised four children and we all went to the library; now their children are going.
The Cappuccinos have a lot of company at the library. Fully 73 percent of Kitsap County residents are also active library users. In fact, since 2001, Kitsap Regional Library has had a 67 percent increase in the number of residents using the library.
The library has taken prudent measures to extend its resources, but the reality is that revenues are not keeping pace with the increased demand. Please vote Yes to support our libraries.
For more information visit www.yes4libraries.org
Chairman, Kitsap Library Advocates
Good value for your dollar
Public libraries have existed for about 2,500 years. They probably were important then; they certainly are now. Kitsap Regional Library is important to all the residents of the county. You can go there every day they are open; you dont need to buy a ticket for admission or pay a toll to cruise along all the book-filled shelves.
There are courteous, helpful staff at the libraries; you can ask for information in person if there or by phone or through the Web site. There are many other things for you at libraries: books, magazines, special programs, DVDs, CDs and the computers! I dont want to see these things decline or be frozen in place. That is why I hope you will vote yes for an increase in funds.
For over 25 years the voters have not been asked to increase the percentage of the property tax they pay that goes to the libraries. You expect good value for the dollar you spend for food, clothes and anything else you buy. This increase request is 18 cents for every $1,000 of the value of property. That is a fair request because it is enough to prevent changes in what the library can do, looks ahead for expanded services in an increasing population and is at least a five-year plan. You will get good value for the dollars you can provide Kitsap Regional Library. Please vote Yes for the library.
FRANCES M. FRAZIER