Library view simply selfish
July 18, 2008 · Updated 5:01 PM
I am writing in response to the letter “Library adds to tax burden” from Fred Darvill that was published July 9.
I hope I am one of hundreds to respond to his selfish view of the library situation. He obviously has not been on the island long enough to remember when the Oak Harbor library was “crunched” downstairs beneath City Hall. Oak Harbor has a much larger and more modern facility because when the people of Oak Harbor outgrew their library (just as Coupeville has) they were willing to provide a new library.
Also, not all of us have the time or funds to go to Oak Harbor whenever we need our library services. Since Mr. Darvill is fortunate enough to own property where the library portion of his taxes is $420 each year, he is obviously better off than most of us. My property is assessed at just under $250,000 and my library tax is $20 and change.
I encourage everyone to vote “yes” and “yes” on the library issues so that Coupeville can once again boast a library that is large enough to serve our growing population and modern enough to meet the challenges of our rapidly changing technological world.
M. A. Davis