by The Jamestown Sun
July 18, 2013 at 1:38 am in The Jamestown Sun
A consultant said building a new library would result in substantial economic impact for Jamestown Wednesday during a presentation to the James River Valley Library System Library Board. Continue Reading
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A new library is a want and not a need and can hardly be considered an “investment”. It would be colossal waste of taxpayer money.
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realistically, many of the big things done in the city are wants not needs. for example: the new airport terminal building, the new hospital, the entire parks department ,frontier village, redoing the downtown parking lots with fancy ironwork, building a new high school (amid decreasing enrollment), the city hall building, or going way back even the civic center was a want.
So that’s not really a valid argument against a new library. We pay for wants all the time with taxpayer money.
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tony, you’re also right, and the only one on your list that bothers me is the “fancy” ironwork downtown.
It’s not that fancy and even though it is, yes, a “want”, Jamestown needs to step it up with appearance. Some areas of our town look very rough and I find it unfortunate. At least the “fancy” fence will stand upright and not rust for many many years, vs. the chain-link that was probably second in line and almost as expensive. I’m betting that over time, that fence ends up being cheaper.
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I’ve come to appreciate the fancy ironwork. It’s nice to look at while waiting for the trains.
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Tony T. Tiger, the simple response to your post is “two wrongs don’t make a right.” Each potential project needs to be weighed on its own merits. My personal list of priorities would put a library closer to the top of items you have listed, but just because the other projects were financed by (or in part) by tax dollars doesn’t justify spending on a library. I think the point of using the phrase “needs v. wants” is shorthand for weighing the merits of the project. Taking your argument to the extreme, fire protection is a “want” because we could all provide our own fire protection alone or in conjunction with our neighbors.
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The consultant seemed to forget that when Jamestown builds something, they often hire from outside the area. This means that that lumber yard selling the wood for a shelf, well that wood came from out of town, and so did all the labor. That’s not positive for our community, so if that is considered, then I doubt this can be called such a great investment in those terms.
A new library would be nice and I support one that is not paid for with taxpayer funds.
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Spot on Jeff.
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Except if the shoe were on the other foot and they did buy all of those supplies in Jamestown and paid a 20-30% premium for it, the other side of your mouth would complain about that as well.
It is a lose/lose situation with some people.
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That really is a good point, I probably would complain about the fact that they overpaid for a library just to keep business in town. Merchants in Jamestown and Stutsman county do charge more.
The consultant, however, was charging that the money spent would be a local benefit to Jamestown/Stutsman county and their businesses. If a new library is sold to the people of Jamestown and Stutsman County under that pretense, then I feel that the money should have to stay here. HOWEVER, the bidding process for construction projects isn’t going to allow that to happen easily, is it?
In other words, a new library is now being hurled at the taxpayer under false or unattainable and uneconomical pretense.
It’s a lose/lose situation for everyone, isn’t it?
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That is true and I too disagree with the consultant. I believe a new library — just like a new high school, hospital, rejuvenated downtown — do benefit the community directly just not in the purchase of products. Just like any other project whether it be municipal or private the lowest bid that meets the specs is always going to win.
The benefit comes from an attractive location for NEW businesses to come in to town that will bring an increase of population with them. The complaining by the same people over and over about not bringing in new business while at the same time complaining about Jamestown trying to make itself better and more attractive to go after that new business is just asinine.
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If they did by materials in Jamestown and paid a 10% to 20% premium it would be reflected in the bid, so it would just increase the cost.
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