Friday, February 13, 2004
Sunnyside library annexation vote
Have you ever stopped to think what a library can do for
you? If you don't have a computer or you are between computers, you can go to
the library and use one. Interested in other free entertainment? Try renting
one of their movies or DVDs, as well as checking out a book. In addition, the
staff can help you answer all sorts of factual questions, from books on what to
name your next baby to tips on repairing your car.
What would you do if you couldn't have any of these
opportunities any more? If the citizens of Sunnyside vote YES, either by mail
or at the polls on March 9, in favor of annexing the library to the Yakima
County Regional Library system, these services will continue. If there are
enough NO votes, it's highly likely these services will not.
For the last 40 years the city has contracted with the
Regional system to have library services by budgeting a certain amount every
year. However, the City of Sunnyside, because of economic reasons, could not
maintain the level of contractual obligation for 2004, and thus budgeted half
of what they have before, which is a quarter of the cost to the Regional system
of maintaining it.
The Regional system cannot keep the library going on this
current level of funding. If the citizens vote no, the city has no contingency
plans to keep the current level of library services going. Also, if we vote no,
we cannot use our current cards at other libraries in the system, because we
are not investing in those services.
Annexing to the system will increase our tax levy from 25¢
per $1,000 of valuation, which you had been paying before this year, to 49.6¢
per year. This amount to $4.30 per month for a $100,000 home. Toppenish and
Zillah have both voted in this tax levy to save their libraries.
Do you want the library you've grown accustomed to? Do you
want your kids to have a safe place to go to play on the computer, to read or
play checkers with friends? Then vote YES. You most likely won't have the
opportunities if you vote no.
/s/ Joanna Luft, Sunnyside
The feature on your entertainment pages (Jan. 30) on the hip
hop/rap artist JUICE may have been instrumental in the success of his show last
Friday, Feb. 6, at Mario's in Zillah. The show was unbelievable...and crowded.
The variety of performers was great and JUICE as the
headliner was phenomenal. The excitement level from the crowd was unmatched by
any other show he's done.
Thank you for supporting local talent. Fans can look forward
to seeing more of JUICE in the near future. His full CD will be available at
all of his coming performances and out in stores soon.
/s/ Mike Burns, JUICE Street Team, Sunnyside