Sunday, October 31, 2010

Resolution – Amendments 60 & 61 and Proposition 101

The Pikes Peak Genealogical Society Board approved the following resolution opposing Amendments 60 and 61, and Proposition 101.  The resolution was also approved by a vote at the general membership meeting:

Whereas, the Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) and Pikes Peak Genealogical Society (PPGS) have had a strong strategic partnership for the past thirty years since the founding of PPGS; and

Whereas, the combined fiscal impact of these three ballot initiatives could reduce
PPLD’s revenues by up to 30% in addition to the reduced tax revenues from the current recession which would necessitate significant reductions in library services and would adversely impact PPGS’s historic and strategic relationship with PPLD; and

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Our libraries offer biggest bang for a buck

Delta County libraries are bursting at their seems with abundant learning opportunities, information, books, print media, music, classes and databases. The libraries have hours throughout the week during the day and at night.

Written by News Release, Wednesday, 27 October 2010, Delta County Independent
The amount of information available at Delta County Libraries is staggering. If you haven’t been using their resources, you are missing out on wonderful opportunities to learn and be entertained.

Annette Choszczyk, district director, notes total usage of all that the Delta County Libraries have to offer is 306,502. That breaks down like this: Cedaredge 62,355, Crawford 30,838, Delta 109,870, Hotchkiss 36,580 and Paonia 66,857.
Circulation in 2009 increased at every library: 20 percent for Cedaredge, 10 percent Crawford, 36 percent Delta, 12 percent Hotchkiss and 22 percent Paonia.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Libraries prove priceless for even the most frugal consumer

By Dawn Middleton • October 26, 2010,

. . . At one time in my life, I fantasized about having a huge library in my home.
Then, I came to understand that books require a lot of dusting and when you move they are a real pain to box up and haul from one place to another.

I also discovered that there were very few books that I will read more than once.
I remember the day (a few years back) I stood in front of my paltry collection of VHS tapes and realized that in the very near future I was going to have no way to view them unless I invested in a brand new movie collection on DVD. What a racket!

Enter the public library. Libraries have awesome collections of books, music and movies.

You can check them out for free and you never have to dust them.

That doesn’t mean I never buy books. I regularly buy books — baby shower gifts, birthday presents for my grandchildren, Christmas stocking stuffers.

Can children ever have too many books? I don’t think so.

But, at some point you figure out that you just can’t keep up with all the books your kids will want to read and it sure is nice to have a library in town. . . .

Read the entire aricle:

Saturday, October 16, 2010

New Library Opens in Falcon

Posted: 6:41 PM Oct 16, 2010
Reporter: Lisa McDivitt, KKTV 11 News

The Pikes Peak Library District opened their doors to its newest branch Saturday morning: a $3 million project made possible by private donations and public funds. Until now, people living in the Falcon area of El Paso County had to drive 12 miles to reach the nearest library.

Read the entire article: New Library Opens in Falcon

Friday, October 15, 2010

Statewide Anti-Tax Measures Worry San Miguel County

by Karen James, The Watch Newspapers
Oct 14, 2010
Approvals Would Force Massive Service Cuts
. . . At the Wilkinson Public Library “Its effects would be visible to the community,” said Library Director Barb Brattin, indicating that the Library District would see its operating budget ultimately slashed by 58 percent.

Since fixed costs like workers compensation and liability insurance would have to continue to be met, the cuts to the library would result in layoffs, the elimination of most programming and few if any of the new books, movies and DVDs the public has come to enjoy with regularity.

Read the entire article: The Watch Newspapers - Statewide Anti Tax Measures Worry San Miguel County

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Library budget illustrates 60, 61 & 101 debate

Posted : Oct 13, 2010 5:25 PM
Updated: Oct 13, 2010 8:15 PM
The Pikes Peak Library District provides a good example of the debate over amendments 60, 61, and proposition 101.  Most of the money the library uses (85 percent of the budget) comes from property taxes. Amendment 60 would lower those taxes.

Jill Gaebler is the vice president of the library districts board of trustees.  She says the estimated $8 million the district would lose next year has them considering a budget with dramatic cuts.

"The library is looking at reducing its staff by about 150 people and we will close approximately 6 libraries, that's half of our libraries," Gaebler said.

Read the entire article: Library budget illustrates 60, 61 & 101 debate |

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Libraries are essential in the information era

by Paula J. Miller, Other voices, Colorado Springs Gazette, October 11, 2010.

Pundits and scholars alike agree that we live in the Information Era, that we've become a knowledge society, and that we're entering the conceptual age. Knowledge is a valuable commodity. Access to information is one of the most powerful economic development resources we have. Yet, The Gazette's Oct 8. Our View, "Checking out?" questioned 'the value of local library service and the future of publicly supported libraries. I'd like to "check In" on those issues.

Let's start with value. Nationwide, independent studies have shown that public libraries provide a great return on investment - typically four times as much in return as is expended. At Pikes Peak Library District, we benchmark ourselves, to be certain that we are providing the most efficient service possible. Our average cost per circulation is lower than typical libraries our size. When it is more financially efficient to do so, we outsource some aspects of our service - processing of materials, delivery service and janitorial services, for instance. We utilize the buying and sharing power: of consortia to get the best discounts and the-best return on investment for services. We are responsive to public needs and wants, and it shows in our public usage figures. We serve more than 3 million visitors annually. Our annual turnover rate (average times each item checks out) is higher than most libraries. In 2007, residents will have borrowed our materials
nearly 7 million times.

Read the entire article:

Amendments threaten libraries and more

By Pat Hill Pikes Peak Courier View, Published: 10.08.10
As proponents of amendments 60, 61 and Proposition 101 cite reduced taxes for Colorado residents, others look at the repercussions of lost revenue. In a down economy, public libraries, for instance, face additional cuts in service and staff time if the ballot measures pass.

“I’m genuinely concerned, not only about the economic climate we’re living in, but about the impact of the three proposals on our library district and libraries across the state,” said Sharon Quay, executive director of Rampart Range Library District, which has branches in Woodland Park and Florissant. “Libraries across the country are [already] in trouble right now.”

Read the entire article:

Friday, October 8, 2010

Libraries Face Deep 2011 Cuts If Ballot Measures Pass

POSTED: 5:11 pm MDT October 8, 2010 
UPDATED: 6:01 pm MDT October 8, 2010

The Pikes Peak Library District 2011 budget indicates it is already preparing for possible deep cuts, if Amendments 60, 61 and Proposition 101 pass in the November election.

“When we calculated the difference of 60, 61, 101 passing, it meant a 30 percent drop in our revenue,” said Lynne Telford of Pikes Peak United Way and president of the PPLD Board of Trustees.

In scenario A, if the measures don't pass, the library district would operate with a $26million budget. In scenario B, if 60 61 and 101 pass, that number drops to $18 million. That equals an 8 million dollar revenue reduction for the 2011 budget.

Detailing the impact of 60, 61 and 101

The Colorado Springs Business Journal has an excellent overview of the impacts of 60, 61 and 101. Click here to see their analysis.

Officials say tax-slashing measures would devastate libraries

Front-running Prop 101 in particular concerns many librarians

BOULDER — Colorado’s librarians are worried. Depending on what voters decide in the November election, libraries around the state could be forced to reduce their hours, slash services, and shut the doors to library branches entirely.

The Boulder Library and others across the state would be hit hard by Proposition 101. (Photo by Rachel Cernansky)

Of concern are three controversial tax-cutting ballot measures: Proposition 101 and Amendments 60 and 61, collectively known as the “Big Three.” Opponents of the measures, who have dubbed them the “Bad Three,” project a devastating impact on public services like libraries, schools, and fire and police departments, if any or all of them pass.

Proposition 101 would reduce state income taxes and vehicle fees, as well as eliminate telecommunication taxes and fees. Of the measures, it stands the strongest chance of passing in November, according to a recent survey of voters by Ciruli Associates that found Prop 101 to have 51 percent support, compared with 32 percent for Amendment 60 and 36 percent for Amendment 61. Prop 101 also has the largest potential to jeopardize some of Colorado’s libraries.

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Friday, October 1, 2010

Colo. ballot backers: Shut libraries, sell rail

The Associated Press October 1, 2010. The Colorado Springs Gazette

DENVER — Supporters of three tax measures on the Colorado ballot say state and local governments could close libraries and put their books online and sell off light rail to cut spending if the measures pass.

Gregory Golyansky, vice president of the Colorado Union of Taxpayers, told students and professors from the University of Colorado Denver on Friday that printed books are going away and light rail is 19th century technology.

"Do we really need to fill our prisons with nonviolent offenders, drug offenders, prostitutes and what not? We will have about two-thirds less people in our prisons. Government doesn't need to be involved in building golf courses or exercise facilities or ice rinks. Libraries are going away. Paper books are the yesterday technology, being replaced by online information. Government should stop subsidizing things like light rail. It's essentially a 19th century technology," Golyansky said.

[This post on the Gazette site has many comments worth reading]

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