A "no" vote on budget cap proposal
To the Editor:
As members of the Mexico Public Library Advisory Committee, we would like to present a few points for your consideration before casting your Town of Mexico ballot on June 11th.
This is in regards to the budget cap ordinance being proposed by a small group of citizens. Due to the uncertainty of the ramifications of such a proposal, we are concerned that such a budget cap could severely diminish the library services that are now being offered to adults and children in our community.
Also, such a budget cap would likely have a similarly adverse effect on other town departments, such as the recreation, town office, highway, fire, and police departments.
If passed, who determines what town services are deemed essential or non-essential?
Although we can’t speak for what services the other town departments provide, we can speak for the library. The library not only promotes literacy, but also serves as a media center for the community, provides free internet and WiFi services, programming for both children and adults throughout the year, and also provides additional enrichment and entertainment through large print books, audiobooks and movies for signout.
Do you want to live in a community where there are no free library services or severely diminished library services? For a Mexico citizen to utilize another town’s library, there is an annual fee that must be paid.
Mexico has had a Library for 88 years in the same historic building, serving generations of families. Do you wish for this service to continue?
A “no” vote on the budget cap proposal is a vote to protect your library and other essential town department services.
Carol Lavoie, Jeanie Duguay, Cindy Welch, Ashley Duguay, Sue Fontaine, Karen Hodsdon, Amanda Blodgett, Frances Defilipp,
Mexico Public Library Advisory Committee