RUNNING OVERPAYMENT SCORE:
“If you fail to involve yourself in politics, you are destined to be governed by your inferiors.” Thomas Jefferson
We wind up with left-winged ideologues on the Council. They support the library expansion that looks and has the aroma of a community center without the swimming pool. All they need to do is extend the building into the property next door, and poof we can have an indoor pool.
Let’s pause the Library discussion to see who’s running our town and what their houses are worth.
Mahoney Dem $703,300 Accessed value of their house from CA
Orestis Dem 457,300
Pierce Dem 888,200
Farber Dem 582,700 from NJ
Goldberg Dem 704,200
King Dem 1,098,500 there were 2 houses without #s from NC
Anderson Rep 718,800
or Dem Light, he signed a letter endorsing a Dem for School Board
Let’s look at just one Councilor, Chairperson Teresa Pierce. On 9-27-12 she paid for a building permit for a $268,000 ADDITION to her home, you can see it below. What we thought was interesting were several items. First, in April 2013 it was reported to the town that the job was 50% complete. So the assessed value in April 2012 was $822,700 and half of the 268,000 permit is $134,000, when you add $134,000 to the $822,700 you get $956,700. Why are the assessed value at $888,200 today, and not the correct value of $956,700? Second, in the experience of many people FTM talked with about this permit cost of $268,000, were in agreement that almost, all construction jobs would run about 20% over the permit amount. If the Pierce project runs true to form as so many other permits, the real cost would be $321,600 and the new assessed value could be $1,144,300, or an increase of around $4,500 more taxes than 2012. You get a nice addition for $268,000 or $321,600, which do you think it was?
Now let’s go back to wasting our tax dollars on the library.
Look at Biblio Tech Library on GOOGLE. The founder was featured on
60 minutes on Nov. the 24th. He built a $38 million dollar library some years earlier, realized his MISTAKE, and built the library we see replacing the tribute to the antique one, our left wing Council, wants to waste our money starting next year. We predicted this type of facility and you can see a letter to the local ad sheet dated a couple of years ago below.
The Library doesn’t answer to the voters BUT our left wing Council gives the Library 75% of their budget every year. The new expansion will require more staff, more operating expenses and more money for everything from the taxpayers, to fulfill that 75% commitment.
FTM would support a high tech CONVERSION of the current space to rows of computers, a thousand e-readers, and an end to chasing improving “the buggy whip factory” that the left-wing demands from all of us.
Memo to Library Board: The Demand for Buggy Whips Have Been Declining for About 100 Years.
Below you can see the voter registration card of each Councilor and a photo of their homes. When you have enough money who cares what your vote does to other people’s budget, certainly not members of our Council.
There are 3,142 Republicans
210 Green Party
If the registered Republicans came to the polls and voted for at least one Republican, the Council and School Board would have perhaps two or three, who knows maybe even a majority, of Republicans at each table.
February 28, 2011
No matter where the money comes from, the sale of buildings and land, fundraisers, or more taxes, this remains a $6,000,000+ project. The numbers bandied about for the last year or so are so ridiculous for this project they don’t have a shred of credibility.
I’ll take a different approach with the 6 million dollars. First we’ll buy 1000 e-readers for the current library for $145,000. Then we’ll buy 15,000 new books on the e-readers for $150,000. For less than $300,000 we have setup the equivalent of entire NEW library with the latest books.
Or if we’re hell bent to spend a lot of money we can buy everyone in Falmouth an e-reader for just under $1.8 million then allow every household (4300 of them) $100 worth of e-books/year for $430,000/year to the Town. So for only $2,230,000 up front and $430,000/year forever we can do away with the Library completely.
Does this make more sense than what our Council has come up with? Absolutely, just go online and watch the meeting held tonight, the 28th.
UPDATED DECEMBER 4, 2014
The Library has about 44,000 volumes available to be lent out to the public. We could purchase 44,000 brand new titles for e-readers for close to $440,000. We could download most of the current 44,000 books due to their copy write having expired for FREE. These 44,000 books could be loaded to 13 Kindles at 3,500 books per Kindle, the total weight of the 44,000 books on the Kindles would be 6.9 lbs. at 8.5 oz. per Kindle. Compare that to the 44,000 lbs. at a pound each for the current inventory. This would allow us to empty the Library building of books and install rooms of computer screens where people without access to computers at home could come and access the web and DOUBLE the book count in the same physical space.
Let’s buy 2,000 e-readers, at a cost of $300,000, put 22 new, different books, on each one.
The total cost would be $740,000 instead of 5 to 6 million dollars to the taxpayers for twice as many books in the same space.
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