City Wants to Demolish our Library, Build a 15,000 square foot Taj Mahal to Replace It
Can We Afford It?
Where Will the Money Come From to Run It?
- See the plans: Jan. 25, 6 p.m., City Council Chambers, 2175 Cherry Ave.
- Give the city council your opinion, Feb. 7, 7 p.m. City Council Chambers.
Signal Hill Community First encourages all Signal Hill residents to see the library conceptual design. Give the city your input but know the facts FIRST. Does it make economic sense to do this when…
* City does not know how many people use the current library
* The design is based on projections of 200 to 300 users a day
* Half the size of the library is for Non-Library Uses like a balcony for weddings/views
* Experts say libraries are primarily used for “latch-key children” after school
* There are TWO new libraries: one at Long Beach City College, the other at the New
Public School on Cherry Avenue
* City borrowed almost $8 million to build it through the now eliminated redevelopment agency
* Needs at least $550,000 for start-up costs.
* City audits show sales tax revenue losses of 30% since 2008. Revenues still lagging.
* City budget shows the city is operating at $1 million in the red this year
* New Police Station sits uncompleted and behind schedule
* City doesn’t know how much it will cost to run. But, a 2004 library study shows costs to run a 12,930 square foot library at $500,000 per year
* Current library costs are at $400,000 per year for our 4,000 square foot library
* City won’t be able to hire more library staff to supervise operations; but, will need enough employee hours equal to 5 full-time people for a 15,000 square foot library
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