How can the average house owner in Bellingham be expected to pay the cost of a new library at an expensive new location? These are times to tighten our collective belts, it seems to me.
Savings, presuming one has any, pay a whopping one-half percent. Water-sewer bills are approaching $200. My recollection is that they were in the neighborhood of $25 when we first came here, but I haven't been able to confirm it. My property taxes have just increased by about $160 for some reason. Obscene increases in cable rates are taking place and more can be espected from a company that has virtually no competition.
Of course we need a new jail. Gas and grocery prices keep increasing.
I have always been a strong supporter of libraries. I realize what a crucial role they play in the cultural life of a community. But as an octogenarian, I've developed a predilection for ice cream and solvency. Nevetheless, I might be persuaded to vote for an expansion of the current library by 30 or 40 feet (toward city hall) if that would satisfy the need for additional space.
Editor's note: Bob Hall is a former member of the Bellingham City Council.