Smithtown library plans forums after ...

Smithtown library plans forums after bond defeat -

There are 10 comments on the Newsday story from Nov 3, 2007, titled Smithtown library plans forums after bond defeat -. In it, Newsday reports that:

The Smithtown library board plans to hold public forums later this month in the wake of its defeated $26.1-million bond proposal that would have built a new library in Nesconset and expand the three existing ...

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Overburdened taxpayer

Huntington, NY

#1 Nov 3, 2007
Is Robert Lusack that oblivious? Or is he just arrogant & inconsiderate?
How about the possibility that the notion exists that maybe, just maybe people would have liked to have more of a say (i.e more choices to select) with regards to what kind of expansion plan and how much to spend, and not just only the taxpayers being presented with only one plan. How inconsiderate of the library board to knowingly choose to present it in the way that they did. Give me a break.

Also, what about the very legitimate concern regarding the timing of when to take a bond out? While interest rates are fairly low, if one considers when lending rates were at their very lowest (2003 -2004) as opposed to now, where is the justification as to why it is somehow better to take a bond out now instead of 3 years ago? Is the library district able secure a bond at the lowest possible rate regardless of that? Wouldn't the rate have been even lower 3 years ago? Why isn't anyone from the Smithtown Library board addressing and explaining that clearly?

The bond would have been for $26.1 million to be repaid over 20 years. The total interest paid out would have amounted to $16.7 million. The bond referendum info failed to make it a point to specifically state that figure clearly in print. The library board intentionally chose to not present the interest amount in such a clear manner. In order to figure it out, one had to read the fine print of the proposition to see that $2.14 million would be repaid each year, and then subsequently calculate ON THEIR OWN (instead of the referendum info clearly showing the figures) that this equated to a total amount paid back of $42.8 million. Not that it was hard to figure it out, but the point is that the library board was cognizant of what they were doing and CHOSE to not show these figures. The basis for why they chose to not show these figures clearly is what is troubling. The referendum info also neglected to tell you what the additional operating costs would be inclusive of costs associated with any increase in staffing.

If they are really concerned about why it was voted down, they had better be prepared to address these concerns appropriately and adequately and answer such questions in a manner that is feasible and acceptable in the eyes of a taxpayer (and not just answered in a way that only the library board considers to be a valid explanation).

Since I had these questions & concerns, I had called Mr. Lusack & left a voicemail message prior to the vote. He never had the decency to return my call. As such he left me with no choice but to vote it down.

Hicksville, NY

#2 Nov 5, 2007
I don't blame the people of Smithtown for not wanting a nice library. It brings in alot of unsavory characters to the area. We have a nice new library and it has attracted alot of obnoxious strangers. Bars and libraries are entrances for toxic people into a neighborhood. If I were rich I wouldn't want them in my neighborhood.
Old and bold

Bronxville, NY

#3 Nov 6, 2007
Mr Veccio said at a meeting before the library put out the vote . He said the voters would vote it down because there was too much in the proposal, He was right! In this day of the internet you don't need a brick and mortar library any more! The three we have are sufficent enough! These people want to expand and consolidate their fifedom with our money! There is no need for an expanded library program! The directors would have you believe we need the latest in library technology, Keep Nesconset as a park and build a small building in the neighborhood.
need a traffic light

New York, NY

#4 Nov 7, 2007
these clowns want to spend close to 50 million dollars on a library when it is all said and done and i can't even get the town to put a traffic signal up so a blind neighbor won't get killed while crossing plymouth blvd. and cindy street to go home!
the town elect needs to get their priorities straight.
pax ton

San Antonio, TX

#5 Nov 12, 2007
Old and Bold ,you are right. In this day of the internet most people don't need expanded libraries. While I love to read and do use libraries, it would be cheaper for the public to have a library-mobile (like they had in the 1950's) and not a 26 million new library built. A library is only as good as the books that they have in it anyway and Kings Park's stinks.

Levittown, NY

#6 Nov 25, 2007
How dare the board ask for a new vote so soon. Smithtown residents have spoken loud and clear.
Billy boy

Teaneck, NJ

#7 Dec 2, 2007
At $700.00 a sq foot what are they building.

It will once again be voted down.

Hicksville, NY

#8 Mar 3, 2008
Have you been to any branches of the library recently??!!! They have programs for kids,adults,seniors. Kids do activites like story time, craft and a story, the summer reading club, the winter reading club, and book buddies (older kids read to younger kids as a community service.)For seniors there are trips, clubs, meetings. They offer free internet access, book on tape/cd, books for disabled readers, cds, dvds as well as regular books and journals.
All of the branches need basic updating just to have heat and airconditioning that works as it should!! Come on people its worth the expense to have update facilities!!!

Englewood, CO

#9 Apr 10, 2008
Perhaps....... but the Smithtown Library has some EXTREMELY cute librarians. =))
Be sensible

Rye, NY

#10 Nov 5, 2008
IF the libraries need HVAC work that should ALREADY be included in their OPERATING BUDGET - you do NOT float a bond to MAINTAIN workable facilities.

And I agree- we do NOT need larger, better libraries - this is the age of the internet. I can find out ANYTHING I want ONLINE FROM HOME.

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