Archive for Thursday, June 24, 2004

Library mulls over its plans

June 24, 2004

In light of a failed April bond issue, Basehor Community Library officials are in the process of exploring options and doing their homework before deciding what course of action to take in the future.

The next course of action, however, will be distributing a confidential survey to voters who participated in the April 6 bond issue that failed 806-587.

"Until we get a chance to get the survey out and look at the information from it, we won't have a solid course of action," said Carla Kaiser, library director.

Kaiser said library officials are also in the process of locating an unaffiliated Basehor citizen to aid the library throughout the survey and planning processes.

The survey, which Kaiser said will be delivered by early fall or "hopefully sooner" will ask voters to provide insight into the reasons why a particular vote was cast.

"We want to honestly look at the reasons why a person voted the way they did," she said.

The committee, which is composed of two library board members, Kaiser and the as-yet- unnamed Basehor citizen, is in the beginning stages of developing and wording the survey.

"We will be asking if they voted in the last election and what their concerns might have been," Kaiser said.

During the April election, voters within the approximately 50-square mile library district, voted down the $379-million proposal that would have provided for a new building on 158th Street.

The proposal was one of three bond issues that Basehor voters have rejected in the past two years. Voters snuffed out two Basehor-Linwood School District bond issues as well as the library proposal.

Kaiser said the library is not faced with a specific deadline for a possible new bond issue or expansion, but conceded that library officials feel some pressure all the same.

"There is a bit of pressure, considering we are rapidly outgrowing our space," she said.

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